Download PDF by Sean M. Kelley: Los Brazos de Dios: A Plantation Society in the Texas

By Sean M. Kelley

ISBN-10: 0807136875

ISBN-13: 9780807136874

Historians have lengthy believed that the “frontier” formed Texas plantation society, yet during this distinctive exam of Texas’s most vital plantation zone, Sean M. Kelley asserts that the dominant impact used to be no longer the frontier however the Mexican Republic. The reduce Brazos River Valley---the basically slave society to take root less than Mexican sovereignty---made replication of japanese plantation tradition super tough and complex. through tracing the mixing of cultures, races, and politics within the quarter, Kelley finds a special variation of southern slavery—a borderland plantation society. Kelley opens by way of studying the 4 migration streams that outlined the antebellum Brazos group: Anglo-Americans and their African American slaves who constituted the 1st teams to immigrate; Germans who got here after the Mexican executive barred immigrants from the U.S. whereas encouraging these from Europe; and African-born slaves introduced in via Cuba who finally made up the most important focus of enslaved Africans within the antebellum South. inside this multicultural milieu, Kelley indicates, the disparity among Mexican legislations and German practices complex southern family members relationships and master-slave interplay. even though the Mexican coverage on slavery was once ambiguous, alternating among toleration and condemnation, Brazos slaves perceived Mexico as an unambiguous image of freedom. Viewing the Rio Grande River because the boundary among white supremacy and racial egalitarianism, millions of slaves fled around the border, extra destabilizing the Brazos plantation society. In the1850s, nonslaveholding Germans begun expressing a feeling of ethnic harmony in politics. a few Germans concealed runaway salves, undermining Anglo efforts to attract a pointy boundary among black and white. Kelley demonstrates how the Civil battle introduced those concerns to the fore, eroding the very foundations of Brazos plantation society. With Los Brazos de Dios, Kelley deals the 1st exam of Texas slavery as a borderland establishment and divulges the trouble with which southern plantation society was once transplanted within the West.

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