Divided Mastery: Slave Hiring in the American South by Jonathan D. MARTIN

By Jonathan D. MARTIN

Divided Mastery explores a interestingly ignored element of the historical past of yank slavery: the apartment of slaves. although few slaves escaped being rented out at some point soon of their lives, this can be the 1st ebook to explain the perform, and its results on either slaves and the unusual establishment.

Martin finds how the original triangularity of slave hiring created slaves with masters, hence reworking the ordinary polarity of master-slave relationships. Drawing upon slaveholders' letters, slave narratives, interviews with former slaves, legislative petitions, and courtroom files, Divided Mastery eventually unearths that slave hiring's importance was once paradoxical.

The perform reinforced the process of slavery via facilitating its unfold into the western territories, by way of democratizing entry to slave exertions, and via selling either creation and hypothesis with slave capital. yet whilst, slaves used hiring to their virtue, discovering in it an important possibilities to form their paintings and kinfolk lives, to deliver proprietors and hirers into clash with one another, and to destabilize the process of bondage. Martin illuminates the significance of the capitalist marketplace as a device for examining slavery and its prolonged relationships. via its clean and complicated point of view, Divided Mastery demonstrates that slave hiring is important to knowing the elemental nature of yankee slavery, and its social, political, and fiscal position within the outdated South.

Table of Contents:

creation: Slaves with Masters
1 Slave Hiring within the Evolution of Slavery
2 A Blessing and a Curse
three hazards and Returns
four Compromised Mastery
five Resistance and Abuse
6 operating Alone
Epilogue

Abbreviations
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

"This finely crafted, thought-provoking examine of slave hiring within the antebellum South fills an enormous hole within the old literature. Divided Mastery can be of serious curiosity to scholars of yankee slavery."
--Peter Kolchin, writer of American Slavery, 1619-1877

"Divided Mastery tremendously extends and systematizes our wisdom of slave hiring as a convention making slavery a extra economically versatile establishment. Martin additionally writes insightfully concerning the emotional and mental complexities attending the interplay of slaves, proprietors, and hirers. it will be the normal reference for historians drawn to slave hiring, and Martin's full of life prose type should still allure a much wider readership in addition for this effective new book."
--T. Stephen Whitman, writer of Challenging Slavery within the Chesapeake, 1775-1865

"Martin has performed greater than fill a major area of interest in knowing slavery within the American South; his paintings provides an appreciation of the complexity of slavery via unraveling--in effective detail--precisely how the approach of slave hiring labored. It finds how the condo of slaves right away improved and limited the range of either grasp and slave, from time to time permitting slaveholders to achieve larger flexibility and revenue within the employment in their human estate and allowing slaves to safe larger independence and keep watch over over their very own lives. Divided Mastery is an important addition to the literature on slavery within the US."
--Ira Berlin, writer of Generations of Captivity: A heritage of African-American Slaves

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