"Majewski's book asks important questions about the rise and fall of Confederate economic nationalism and sounds a clarion call for future state studies."
"Will generate a lot of new discussions around the economics of the antebellum South and the Confederacy. For that his work has to be welcomed and read by all of those interested in the region and the origins of its 'nation.'"
-American Nineteenth Century History
"Majewski has provided the field with a thoughtful, sedulously researched, and valuable study."
-Journal of the Civil War Era
"[A] compelling and surprising perspective on the motives of the secessionists."
-Journal of Regional Science
"[An] impressively argued book. . . . Builds a bridge between the Old South and the New South and adds to the findings of scholars interested in the construction of mythic Souths both Old and New."
"Compelling. . . . Majewski makes a stimulating argument that calls into question many comfortable assumptions about the development of secessionist thought. . . . Makes exciting contributions to the history of political economy of the United States before the Civil War."
"Modernizing a Slave Economy
offers a lively and insightful summation of southern economic thought in the antebellum decades, as well as of the difficulties encountered when reformers' visions confronted economic realities."
-Register of the Kentucky Historical Society
"Majewski makes a compelling case that secession and the creation of the Confederacy gave Southerners an opportunity to initiate statist policies that had been germinating well before the war. . . . Brings a fresh approach, particularly in his statistical analysis of agricultural data, to several nagging historical questions."
-The Journal of American History
"Has much to offer scholars of the Old South. . . . An important marker in the recent shift in southern scholarship. . . . Will prompt historians to rethink many of the commonly held assumptions about states' rights and secession."
-Civil War History
"A refreshingly well-written, concise treatment of a complex subject that helps us better define southern nationalism."
-The Alabama Review
"Majewski presents a bold, revisionist argument that should inspire continued study and debate."
-The Alabama Review
"[Majewski's] analysis [is] well articulated and sophisticated at every turn….[He] opens important directions in historical investigation and sets a new standard in the scholarly debate."
"The key to this book's value is its portrayal of secessionists not as a group of free-trade, states' rights libertarians, but rather as leaders who often had conditional views about free trade and states' rights."
-The Independent Review
"[Majewski] is particularly skilled at bringing statistical analysis to bear on the subject, and the book includes a statistical appendix, happily written in plain English for the uninitiated. . . . Should be of interest to all students of the nineteenth-century American economy."
-Georgia Historical Quarterly
"[Majewski] uses an impressive blend of quantitative and qualitative analysis to shed light on Americans' efforts during the antebellum era to achieve regional economic growth. . . . [Makes] many valuable contributions."
-Business History Review
"[A] finely written and astutely argued book. . . . The book's strong interdisciplinary focus will appeal to all historians of the Civil War and the south. . . . This book should have an impact not only on debates about slavery and economic development but also on the coming of secession and southern political ideology."
-Journal of Interdisciplinary History
"[A] bracing, sophisticated, and persuasive revisionist account. . . . Will be read with enormous profit by scholars of the Civil War and the Old South."
-American Historical Review
"Interesting, well written, and well organized. . . . Recommended."
"A stimulating and original analysis."
-Enterprise & Society