Walter johnsons river of dark dreams slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom was a very interesting read it seeks to give its reader a full understanding of life in the mississippi river valley during the 19th century the book concentrates on men of the white planter elite and their slaves. In river of dark dreams however the focus becomes a key part of his argument which collapses the distinctions between capitalism and slavery in johnsons hands slaveholders were masters of fordism decades before model ts rolled off the assembly lines. River of dark dreams slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom descendants claim to a particular slave in a share of an estate on the red river . River of dark dreams slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom by walter johnson is an exceptionally dry read the research appears to be solid and he does present some little known ideas in a new context but there is little flow to the writing. River of dark dreams slavery and empire in the cotton kingdom johnson refers to the cotton kingdom recent works include sven beckerts empire of cotton walter johnsons river of dark
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