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The Slave States of America 2 Volume Set (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration), JAMES SILK BUCKINGHAM
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Author Name:    JAMES SILK BUCKINGHAM

Title:   The Slave States of America 2 Volume Set (Cambridge Library Collection - Travel and Exploration)

Binding:   PAPERBACK

Book Condition:   New

Publisher:    Cambridge University Press 

ISBN Number:   1108033474 / 9781108033473

Seller ID:   ING9781108033473

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The Cornish-born traveller and writer James Silk Buckingham (1786 1855) campaigned energetically for social reform while a Member of Parliament during the 1830s. He later spent four years in the United States, and in 1839 travelled across the Carolinas, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama to observe at first hand the inhumane treatment of slaves in a system that showed 'reckless indifference to human life'. Originally published in 1842, and dedicated to Prince Albert, this two-volume work documents Buckingham's findings and argues that the USA should follow Britain's example in abolishing slavery. Within the framework of a travel narrative recording climate, geography, flora and fauna, Buckingham describes the use of slaves in industries as diverse as gold mining, cotton manufacturing, railways, canals, and agriculture. He highlights the economic, social and political implications of a change to free labour, and relations between the slaves and their employers.



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