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The Deepest South: The United States, Brazil, and the African Slave Trade Hardcover – March 1, 2007

ISBN-13: 978-0814736883 ISBN-10: 0814736882

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 341 pages
  • Publisher: NYU Press (March 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0814736882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0814736883
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,081,917 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A well-researched, skillfully-written, and carefully-argued diplomatic history examining connections between the United States, Brazil, Africa, and Europe as they relate to the transatlantic slave trade. Horne sheds considerable light upon the ideas, ruminations, and practices of U.S. nationals in their interactions with and encounters of Brazil over the question of slavery, especially from the mid-nineteenth century on, and makes a valuable and important contribution to our knowledge and understanding of (American) hemispheric relations and trajectories, both eventual and potential.”
-Michael A. Gomez,editor of Diasporic Africa: A Reader

“Horne, a proven historian and author specializing in African American history, provides a stimulating perspective on slavery in the U.S. and Brazil. In every aspect, Horne has assembled an extraordinary manuscript which is enormously riveting in its breadth and comprehensiveness. A valuable and indispensable investigation, this work constitutes a landmark in historical analysis of the interrelationships among the United States, Brazil, and the African slave trade. Literally radiating with extraordinary historical observations and a host of well thought-out and well presented ideas, is not only of interest to historians, but also scholars of economics and politics. is required reading for all scholars working in the broad field of the African slave trade.”-African American Review,

“Horne expertly interweaves the political views presented in official documents with personal commentary from letters and travel accounts. . . . It is valuable for scholars of U.S. foreign policy due to its coverage of diplomacy between the United States and other nations. This work contributes to the study of U.S. South since Horne details the plans of some southern leaders and planter elites who looked to Brazil as the answer when all was lost in the United States. ”
-The Journal of Southern History


“This fascinating study uses the tools and sources of diplomatic history to examine a sweep of national and international history far beyond the confines of diplomacy. . . . For Horne, the slave trade, rather than slavery, was an explosive political issue much later in the 19th century that is normally understood. Highly recommended.”

“An important study that starts with the proposition that what happens abroad affects developments in the United States. For the first time we are made aware of the extensive contacts between pro-slavery forces in the United States in the years after the abolition of the slave trade and the promoters of slavery in and the slave trade to Brazil and elsewhere.”
-Richard J. M. Blackett,author of Divided Hearts: Britain and the American Civil War

About the Author

Gerald Horne is Moores Professor of History and African-American Studies at the University of Houston. His books include Race Woman: The Lives of Shirley Graham Du Bois and Race War!: White Supremacy and the Japanese Attack on the British Empire (both available from NYU Press).

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clifton L Peay on December 9, 2012
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Excellent scholarship shows the global reach of the slave empire of the Western Hemisphere in great detail
Should be required reading in every high school and college history class.
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