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The word "antebellum" comes from two Latin words, meaning "before" and "war," respectively. The war in question, of course, is the American Civil War. Before that war, the South was the richest section of the country. In fact, Mississippi was the richest state. The plantation mansions that survived the war stand as testaments to the wealth of the plantation owners in the time when cotton was king.
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Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market by Walter Johnson.
Soul by Soul tells the story of slavery in antebellum America by moving away from the cotton plantations and into the slave market itself, the heart o...
The Impending Crisis: America Before the Civil War, 1848-1861 by David M. Potter.
David M. Potter's Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Impending Crisis" is the definitive history of antebellum America. Potter's sweeping epic masterfully ch...
Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War by Tony Horwitz.
Plotted in secret, launched in the dark, John Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. But few Americans know the true stor...
The Road to Disunion: Volume I: Secessionists at Bay, 1776-1854 by William W. Freehling.
Far from a monolithic block of diehard slave states, the antebellum South was, in William Freehling's words, "a world so lushly various as to be a sto...
Slave Religion: The "Invisible Institution" in the Antebellum South by Albert J. Raboteau.
Twenty-five years after its original publication, Slave Religion remains a classic in the study of African American history and religion in the antebe...