In the popular mind, Texas conjures up images of the Old West and freedom of the range. Campbell reminds us that Texas grew from Southern roots entangled in human bondage. By the Civil War, Texas had a slave area equal to Alabama and Mississippi and a slave population comparable to Virginia. In the first comprehensive study of slavery in Texas, Campbell offers useful chapters on the law, the domestic slave trade, Indian relations, labor, family, religion, and more, but his book is especially welcome because it pulls the focus on bondage away from the Chesapeake and the Carolinas to show slavery's expansive and adaptive power in the developing West. Slavery knew no bounds, as Lincoln always understood. Recommended for college and university libraries.
- Randall M. Miller, St. Joseph's Univ., Philadelphia
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Excellent single volume coverage of the history of slavery in Texas. Campbell is an excellent research and gifted writer.Published 1 month ago by Harriett Joseph
Randolph B. Campbell's "An Empire for Slavery" is a book that seeks that inform the reader that slavery existed in Texas and was important. Read morePublished on October 9, 2007 by Matthew Browne