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The Resource Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy

Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy

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Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase
Title
Mr. Jefferson's lost cause
Title remainder
land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase
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Roger G. Kennedy
Title variation
Land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase
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eng
Summary
  • Thomas Jefferson advocated a republic of small farmers -- free and independent yeomen. Yet as president he presided over a massive expansion of the slaveholding plantation system -- particularly with the Louisiana Purchase -- squeezing the yeomanry to the fringes and to less desirable farmland. Now Roger G. Kennedy conducts an eye-opening examination of that gap between Jefferson's stated aspirations and what actually happened. Kennedy reveals how the Louisiana Purchase had a major impact on land use and the growth of slavery. He examines the great financial interests (such as the powerful land companies that speculated in new territories and the British textile interests) that carried the day against slavery's many opponents in the South itself (Native Americans, African Americans, Appalachian farmers, and conscientious opponents of slavery). He describes how slaveholders' cash crops (first tobacco, then cotton) sickened the soil and how the planters moved from one desolated tract to the next. Soon the dominant culture of the entire region -- from Maryland to Florida, from Carolina to Texas -- was that of owners and slaves producing staple crops for international markets. The earth itself was impoverished, in many places beyond redemption
  • None of this, Kennedy argues, was inevitable. He focuses on the character, ideas, and ambitions of Thomas Jefferson to show how he and other Southerners struggled with the moral dilemmas presented by the presence of Indian farmers on land they coveted, by the enslavement of their workforce, by the betrayal of their stated hopes, and by the manifest damage being done to the earth itself. The pressures upon him, both psychological and economic, are detailed, as are the occasions on which decisions were made determining the future course of American history and the health of the land. Jefferson emerges as a tragic figure in a tragic period. As a former director of the National Park Service and before that of the National Museum of American History, Roger Kennedy has a rich background in history and environmental studies. In this superb volume, he weaves together environmental, political, economic, and intellectual history to paint a startlingly original portrait of the creation of the slaveholding South
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Kennedy, Roger G
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E333
LC item number
.K46 2003
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • United States
  • United States
  • United States
  • Slavery
  • Plantation owners
  • Family farms
  • Land settlement
Label
Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-335) and index
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volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 2.
  • Complexities in Baton Rouge Skipwith at Bay
  • Haiti Again
  • Skipwith's Florida
  • The
  • Jeffersonian Legacy: The Civil War and the Homestead Act Statesmanship and Self-Deception
  • Final Thoughts The Economics of Land Use
  • Another Stream Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith, and the Chesapeake Cities The Romans, Armed Occupation, and the Homestead Act Jefferson and the Ordinances of 1784 and 1787-89
  • Debt and Land Jefferson's Doctrine of Usufruct
  • Tribes, Land, and Ireland Creeks, Seminoles, and Numbers
  • The
  • Washington, Jefferson, Three Worthies, and Plantation Migrancy Philosophers in the Parlor and Lessons on the Land Westward Sweeps the Course of Desolation The Gospel of Garland Harmon
  • Livingstons and West Florida The Claiborne-Clark Duel
  • Fulwar Skipwith and Andrew Jackson
  • p. 17.
  • The
  • Way Not Taken
  • The
  • Makers of a New Order
  • Jefferson's Epitaph Disestablishing the Grandees
  • The
  • Brotherhood
  • Part 1.
  • The
  • Unpropitiated Son Monticello Again
  • Jefferson and Democracy Jefferson and the Family Farmer
  • Independence
  • A
  • Dependent Arcadia
  • The
  • Virtues of Diversification Commercial Squires and Ungovernable Governors Diversification, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Cities Eastward Toward Civility
  • The
  • Thousand-Foot Line
  • The
  • Powers of the Earth Land Companies, Trading Companies, and Triassic Capitalism The Great Land Companies and Revolution Jefferson and Western Speculation
  • Veterans' Benefits Armed Occupation
  • Armed Occupation Marches On
  • Jefferson's Opportunities and the Land 1784
  • The
  • Second Opportunity
  • The
  • Trans-Appalachian West The Third Opportunity
  • The
  • Lower Mississippi Valley Old Men's Dreams and the Memories of the Land
  • Land and Mr. Jefferson
  • Part 2.
  • The
  • Invisible Empire and the Land
  • p. 85.
  • Colonial-Imperialism
  • Colonies and Empires From Round Table to Board Table
  • Reinvesting the Loot Landed Gentry
  • Textile Colonial-Imperialism
  • India Is Conquered by the Mechanics Solving the Problem of Supply
  • The
  • p. 1.
  • Americans Are Put on Notice Hamilton, Jefferson, and Tench Coxe Respond to William Pitt Jefferson and the Cotton Business
  • Slaves as Cash Crop The Millers Send Out Their Salesmen
  • Independence? The British and the Plantocracy
  • Part 3.
  • Resistance to the Plantation System
  • p. 115.
  • McGillivray
  • Mixed People and Mixed Motives
  • Indian Statehood McGillivray's Nationality
  • McGillivray and Washington
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Resisters, Assisters, and Lost Causes Scots, Blacks, and Seminoles
  • The
  • Firm
  • The
  • Valences Shift William Augustus Bowles--The Second Act Bowles and Ellicott
  • "Execute Him on the Spot" The Fox Is Run to Earth
  • The
  • Firm Steps Forward
  • Deerskins, Rum, and Land Indian Yeomen and Governor Sargent's Lost Cause
  • Yankee Yeomen
  • Rain in Virginia and Its Results Lessons for Yeomen
  • Jeffersonian Strategy and Jeffersonian Agents
  • Jefferson and Wilkinson Wilkinson's Clients
  • The
  • Firm Adapts and Collects Wilkinson, Forbes, and Dearborn
  • Debt for Land The Accounts of Silas Dinsmoor
  • The
  • Firm Wraps Things Up Andrew Jackson Takes Charge, with Some Help from Benjamin Hawkins
  • Part 4.
  • Agents of the Master Organism: Assistants to the Plantation System
  • p. 169.
  • Pasteur, Wilson, and the Three Sisters Yeomen, Planters, and the Land
  • Fulwar Skipwith in Context
  • Skipwith the Jeffersonian Toussaint's Yeoman Republic
  • The
  • Career of Fulwar Skipwith The Quasi War and Spoliation
  • James Monroe's First Mission to France Skipwith, the Livingstons, and Louisiana Cotton The Chancellor, Indolent Maroons, and Thomas Sumter Mister Sumter Is Shocked
  • The
  • Third Article
  • Skipwith and the Floridas Consul Skipwith Goes to Jail
  • Destiny by Intention
  • The
  • Cheap Land and Slave Labor
  • Adventures of George Mathews War, Commerce, and Race
  • Assisters and Resisters The Green Flag of Florida
  • Louisiana and Another Class of Virginians The Third Opportunity Reconsidered
  • The
  • Hillhouse Debates
  • The
  • Virginians of Louisiana Decide the Future of the Land Out of the Hills
  • The
  • Kemper Outrage
  • 1809-1810 Skipwith and Randolph
Control code
50477081
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 350 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780195153477
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002027402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
Label
Mr. Jefferson's lost cause : land, farmers, slavery, and the Louisiana Purchase, Roger G. Kennedy
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 312-335) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Chapter 2.
  • Complexities in Baton Rouge Skipwith at Bay
  • Haiti Again
  • Skipwith's Florida
  • The
  • Jeffersonian Legacy: The Civil War and the Homestead Act Statesmanship and Self-Deception
  • Final Thoughts The Economics of Land Use
  • Another Stream Jefferson, Madison, Adam Smith, and the Chesapeake Cities The Romans, Armed Occupation, and the Homestead Act Jefferson and the Ordinances of 1784 and 1787-89
  • Debt and Land Jefferson's Doctrine of Usufruct
  • Tribes, Land, and Ireland Creeks, Seminoles, and Numbers
  • The
  • Washington, Jefferson, Three Worthies, and Plantation Migrancy Philosophers in the Parlor and Lessons on the Land Westward Sweeps the Course of Desolation The Gospel of Garland Harmon
  • Livingstons and West Florida The Claiborne-Clark Duel
  • Fulwar Skipwith and Andrew Jackson
  • p. 17.
  • The
  • Way Not Taken
  • The
  • Makers of a New Order
  • Jefferson's Epitaph Disestablishing the Grandees
  • The
  • Brotherhood
  • Part 1.
  • The
  • Unpropitiated Son Monticello Again
  • Jefferson and Democracy Jefferson and the Family Farmer
  • Independence
  • A
  • Dependent Arcadia
  • The
  • Virtues of Diversification Commercial Squires and Ungovernable Governors Diversification, the Pursuit of Happiness, and Cities Eastward Toward Civility
  • The
  • Thousand-Foot Line
  • The
  • Powers of the Earth Land Companies, Trading Companies, and Triassic Capitalism The Great Land Companies and Revolution Jefferson and Western Speculation
  • Veterans' Benefits Armed Occupation
  • Armed Occupation Marches On
  • Jefferson's Opportunities and the Land 1784
  • The
  • Second Opportunity
  • The
  • Trans-Appalachian West The Third Opportunity
  • The
  • Lower Mississippi Valley Old Men's Dreams and the Memories of the Land
  • Land and Mr. Jefferson
  • Part 2.
  • The
  • Invisible Empire and the Land
  • p. 85.
  • Colonial-Imperialism
  • Colonies and Empires From Round Table to Board Table
  • Reinvesting the Loot Landed Gentry
  • Textile Colonial-Imperialism
  • India Is Conquered by the Mechanics Solving the Problem of Supply
  • The
  • p. 1.
  • Americans Are Put on Notice Hamilton, Jefferson, and Tench Coxe Respond to William Pitt Jefferson and the Cotton Business
  • Slaves as Cash Crop The Millers Send Out Their Salesmen
  • Independence? The British and the Plantocracy
  • Part 3.
  • Resistance to the Plantation System
  • p. 115.
  • McGillivray
  • Mixed People and Mixed Motives
  • Indian Statehood McGillivray's Nationality
  • McGillivray and Washington
  • Choices and Consequences
  • Resisters, Assisters, and Lost Causes Scots, Blacks, and Seminoles
  • The
  • Firm
  • The
  • Valences Shift William Augustus Bowles--The Second Act Bowles and Ellicott
  • "Execute Him on the Spot" The Fox Is Run to Earth
  • The
  • Firm Steps Forward
  • Deerskins, Rum, and Land Indian Yeomen and Governor Sargent's Lost Cause
  • Yankee Yeomen
  • Rain in Virginia and Its Results Lessons for Yeomen
  • Jeffersonian Strategy and Jeffersonian Agents
  • Jefferson and Wilkinson Wilkinson's Clients
  • The
  • Firm Adapts and Collects Wilkinson, Forbes, and Dearborn
  • Debt for Land The Accounts of Silas Dinsmoor
  • The
  • Firm Wraps Things Up Andrew Jackson Takes Charge, with Some Help from Benjamin Hawkins
  • Part 4.
  • Agents of the Master Organism: Assistants to the Plantation System
  • p. 169.
  • Pasteur, Wilson, and the Three Sisters Yeomen, Planters, and the Land
  • Fulwar Skipwith in Context
  • Skipwith the Jeffersonian Toussaint's Yeoman Republic
  • The
  • Career of Fulwar Skipwith The Quasi War and Spoliation
  • James Monroe's First Mission to France Skipwith, the Livingstons, and Louisiana Cotton The Chancellor, Indolent Maroons, and Thomas Sumter Mister Sumter Is Shocked
  • The
  • Third Article
  • Skipwith and the Floridas Consul Skipwith Goes to Jail
  • Destiny by Intention
  • The
  • Cheap Land and Slave Labor
  • Adventures of George Mathews War, Commerce, and Race
  • Assisters and Resisters The Green Flag of Florida
  • Louisiana and Another Class of Virginians The Third Opportunity Reconsidered
  • The
  • Hillhouse Debates
  • The
  • Virginians of Louisiana Decide the Future of the Land Out of the Hills
  • The
  • Kemper Outrage
  • 1809-1810 Skipwith and Randolph
Control code
50477081
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xv, 350 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9780195153477
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2002027402
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps

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