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By Christa Dierksheide

ISBN-10: 0813936217

ISBN-13: 9780813936215

Christa Dierksheide argues that "enlightened" slaveowners in
the British Caribbean and the yankee South, neither backward reactionaries nor freedom-loving
hypocrites, considered themselves as sleek, cosmopolitan males with a robust replacement vision
of development within the Atlantic international. rather than radical revolution and liberty, they believed that
amelioration—defined via them as sluggish growth in the course of the mitigation of social or political
evils resembling slavery—was the simplest technique of using the improvement and growth of recent World
societies.

Interrogating amelioration as an highbrow thought among
slaveowners, Dierksheide makes use of a transnational strategy that makes a speciality of provincial planters
instead of metropolitan abolitionists, laying off new gentle at the perform of slavery in the
Anglophone Atlantic global. She argues that amelioration—of slavery and provincial society more
generally—was a dominant notion shared through enlightened planters who sought to "improve" slavery
towards its abolition, in addition to by means of those that sought to ameliorate the establishment so as to
extend the procedure. through illuminating the typical flooring shared among supposedly anti- and
pro-slavery provincials, she presents a robust replacement to the standard tale of liberal
growth within the plantation Americas. Amelioration, she demonstrates, went way past the
master-slave dating, underpinning Anglo-American imperial enlargement all through the
Atlantic world.

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