Business and Slavery. The New York Merchants & the Irrepressible Conflict. [inscribed and signed]
From the publisher’s “From the planters of the South, New York business men received the greater portion of their trade; their daughters and sons had mar ried children of Southerners, and their stand on the issues causing the Civil War was of major importance to the South. More interested in keeping the Union and southern trade intact than in suppressing slavery or wresting the government from the control of the southern planter aristocracy, they made valiant efforts to stave off the Civil War. But when all their efforts failed, when the “irrepressible conflict” came, they threw in their lot with the Union rather than face the economic chaos following secession. This study shows the influence of New York merchants on the course of the war and proves that their political activities had universal influence and that their zeal and financial aid to the government were large factors in Union victory.” Inscribed and signed by the author and well-regarded historian.
Description: Business and Slavery. The New York Merchants & the Irrepressible Conflict. [inscribed and signed]
Chapel Hill: The University of North Carolina Press, 1941. First edition. ix, 356 pages. Publisher’s cloth without dust jacket. Clean, a Very Good copy.