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By Martha Jane Brazy

terribly filthy rich and influential, Stephen Duncan (17871867) was once a landowner, slaveholder, and financier with a extraordinary array of social, financial, and political contacts in preCivil warfare the United States. within the first biography of Duncan, Martha Jane Brazy paints a brand new portrait of antebellum lifestyles through exploring Duncan's multifacted networks between elites in either the South and the North. Duncan grew up in a well-to-do Pennsylvania kinfolk with robust enterprise ties in Philadelphia. there has been little indication, although, that he might develop into a worldly entrepreneur who could personal over fifteen plantations in Mississippi and Louisiana, jointly enslaving greater than thousand slaves. With kind and substance, Martha Jane Brazy describes either the advance of Duncan's companies and the lives of the slaves on whose hard work his empire was once developed. in accordance with Brazy, Duncan used to be a "hybrid," now not totally a southerner or a northerner. He used to be additionally, Brazy indicates, a paradox. even if he positioned down deep roots in Natchez, his sphere of impression was once nationwide in scope. even if his wealth used to be drastically depending on the slaves he owned, he expected a conflict over the difficulty of slave possession approximately 3 many years ahead of the onset of the Civil battle. A made of either North and South, Duncan illuminates how and while the areas have been contradictory and once they can be made suitable. might be greater than the other planter studied to this point, Duncan breaks the mildew created by means of historians to provide an explanation for the southern slaveholding aristocracy. by way of connecting and contrasting the networks of this elite planter and people he enslaved, Brazy offers new insights into the "slaveocracy" of antebellum America.
AUTHOR BIO: Martha Jane Brazy is an assistant professor of heritage on the college of South Alabama in Mobile.

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