254 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 3 halftones, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4222-2
Published: April 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4106-5
Published: April 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4107-2
Published: March 2018
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Combining social history, the study of American politics, and critical geography, Quintana reframes our ideas of early American political development, illuminates the material production of space, and reveals the central role of slaves’ daily movements (for their owners and themselves) to the development of the modern state.
About the Author
Ryan A. Quintana is associate professor of history at Wellesley College.
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“Slavery and enslaved people rightfully sit at the heart of this story.”--Journal of Southern History
"Will be valuable reading for scholars of southern history, slavery, race, and criminal justice, as well as American political development."--William and Mary Quarterly
“Quintana (Wellesley College) reorients scholars’ understanding of state formation by locating the labors and lives of slaves as fundamental to the state’s creation. It was enslaved Carolinians who created the roads and especially the canals that bound the residents of South Carolina to the emerging state government.”--Choice
“An outstanding book which challenges mainstream conventions about the roles of slaves in state building, in this case South Carolina, from its inception as a colony to its development as a slave state. . . . A must read.”--Civil War Book Review
“Supported by meticulous research from plantation records, state petitions, legislative and state agency records, political commentaries, slave narratives, runaway advertisements, maps, and property surveys, Quintana critically examines the relationship between slavery and the rise of the liberal state through the lens of spatial and social dynamics in early South Carolina.”--North Carolina Historical Review
“Ryan Quintana has made an original and welcome contribution to two very active fields, one the history of slavery and capitalism, the other the history of the state in early America. . . . Quintana brings a genuinely fresh perspective, one that allows him to relate slavery to state formation in a new way.”--American Nineteenth Century History