254 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 3 halftones, 2 maps, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-4222-2
Published: April 2018
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-4106-5
Published: April 2018
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-4107-2
Published: March 2018
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Combining social history, the study of American politics, and critical geography, Quintana reframes our ideas of early American political development, illuminates the material production of space, and reveals the central role of slaves’ daily movements (for their owners and themselves) to the development of the modern state.
About the Author
Ryan A. Quintana is associate professor of history at Wellesley College.
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“Combining social history, the study of American politics, and critical geography, Quintana reframes our ideas of early American political development, illuminates the material production of space, and reveals the central role of slaves’ daily movements to the development of the modern state.”--McCormick Messenger
“Quintana (Wellesley College) reorients scholars’ understanding of state formation by locating the labors and lives of slaves as fundamental to the state’s creation. It was enslaved Carolinians who created the roads and especially the canals that bound the residents of South Carolina to the emerging state government.”--Choice
“More than other books I’ve seen, Quintana’s Making a Slave State makes the social history of enslaved people central to the processes of state building and the political economy of capitalism. Indeed, the book’s great value is its recognition of enslaved people as crucial historical actors whose everyday lives created the infrastructures of the state.”--Seth Rockman, Brown University
"This book will change the way that we understand the historical relationship between slavery, law, and the state. Written beautifully and impeccably researched, Making a Slave State puts to bed the myth that slavery and modernity were fundamentally opposed. Rather, Quintana's innovative focus on space reveals how slaves played a central role in building the modern state."--Gautham Rao, American University