- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 31, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195310195
- ISBN-13: 978-0195310191
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 1.1 x 6.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,222,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Carry Me Back: The Domestic Slave Trade in American Life
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"Scholars are aware of some aspects of Deyle's account, but never have all the pieces been pulled together in such a way. As a result, Carry Me Back may wel become that rarest of all things in the modern publishing world: the definitive study."--Douglas R. Egerton, The Alabama Review
"Deyle offers a comprehensive examination of the domestic slave trade that is stunning it is breadth.... His work is remarkable for placing the internal slave trade squarely in the context of the market revolution."--Jeff Forret, The Journal of Southern History
"Deyle's contribution is significant."--MichaelTTadman, IUniversity of Liverpool
"Carry Me Back is a book we have long needed--a synthetic, region-wide treatment of the domestic slave trade. Deyle's deep research and lucid writing convincingly show that the sale and transport of human property from the upper to lower South was a national tragedy of epic proportions, a grand economic enterprise that both forged the Cotton Kingdom and was the root of its undoing. Behold! The story of how the largest source of wealth in antebellum America belongs at the center of our national narrative, and how it haunts us still."--David W. Blight, author of Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory and Director, the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition, Yale University
"Prodigiously researched and convincingly argued, Steven Deyle's Carry Me Back places the slave market at the center of the nineteenth-century United States. Carry Me Back tells the story of the disastrous effects of that market on black lives, of its crucial place in the Southern market revolution being pursued by their white masters, and of the role of images of the trade in the argument of nineteenth-century opponents of slavery. The information necessary to dismantle U.S. slavery, it turns out, was produced along the bloody leading edge of its commercial economy."--Walter Johnson, author of Soul by Soul: Life Inside the Antebellum Slave Market
"Carry Me Back takes us far beyond what we already know about the importance of the domestic slave trade. Steven Deyle shows us just how tightly entwined the domestic slave trade actually became with the overall development of the nation itself, North no less than South, and how it dictated the direction of our history in so many significant ways. Ambitiously conceived and skillfully executed, this is a study that all students of the antebellum era surely must read."--James Brewer Stewart, author of Holy Warriors: The Abolitionists and American Slavery
"Deyle's research is incredibly extensive, even comprehensive. There is really no way to overstate the vast quantity of archival, newspaper, and other sources he has examined. Specialized work on the internal slave trade will now start with Deyle's footnotes."--Edward E. Baptist, American Historical Review
About the Author
Steven Deyle is Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston.