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New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community and Comparison ed. by Jeff Forret and Christine E. Sears (review)

New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community and Comparison ed. by Jeff Forret... 192 � JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Spring 2018) the National Union Association and Louisville’s Union Executive Com- mittee, slavery engendered war while emancipation bonded the Union together. Bonds of Union is a deeply researched story of lesser-known historical actors including the immensely successful black minister Henry Adams, Bishop John Purcell, and free black entrepreneurs such as the hairdresser Eliza Potter. It is an ambitious book that seeks to illuminate the connec- tions rather than the fissures of the Civil War-era United States. Ford admits early on that this is a difficult quest, and at times she overlooks or downplays divisions within groups. For instance, while she acknowl- edges that the region witnessed much religious tension during the ante- bellum period, Protestants often appear as a unified block, despite continued sectarian strife and doctrinal schism (much of which had nothing to do with slavery) throughout the 1850s. Nonetheless, Ford’s book contributes to the growing historical literature on the trans-Appala- chian West during the Civil War era and will be of interest to scholars of American religion, race, and society in general. Jeffrey Thomas Perry is assistant professor at Tusculum College. He is currently working on a book focused on http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of the Early Republic University of Pennsylvania Press

New Directions in Slavery Studies: Commodification, Community and Comparison ed. by Jeff Forret and Christine E. Sears (review)

Journal of the Early Republic , Volume 38 (1) – Mar 3, 2018

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University of Pennsylvania Press
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Copyright © 2008 Society for Historians of the Early American Republic.
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1553-0620

Abstract

192 � JOURNAL OF THE EARLY REPUBLIC (Spring 2018) the National Union Association and Louisville’s Union Executive Com- mittee, slavery engendered war while emancipation bonded the Union together. Bonds of Union is a deeply researched story of lesser-known historical actors including the immensely successful black minister Henry Adams, Bishop John Purcell, and free black entrepreneurs such as the hairdresser Eliza Potter. It is an ambitious book that seeks to illuminate the connec- tions rather than the fissures of the Civil War-era United States. Ford admits early on that this is a difficult quest, and at times she overlooks or downplays divisions within groups. For instance, while she acknowl- edges that the region witnessed much religious tension during the ante- bellum period, Protestants often appear as a unified block, despite continued sectarian strife and doctrinal schism (much of which had nothing to do with slavery) throughout the 1850s. Nonetheless, Ford’s book contributes to the growing historical literature on the trans-Appala- chian West during the Civil War era and will be of interest to scholars of American religion, race, and society in general. Jeffrey Thomas Perry is assistant professor at Tusculum College. He is currently working on a book focused on

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Journal of the Early RepublicUniversity of Pennsylvania Press

Published: Mar 3, 2018

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