Was U.S. Emancipation Exceptional in the Atlantic, or Other Worlds?
This chapter adopts a transnational perspective to reappraise the enormous literature on U.S. Emancipation and Reconstruction and exposes a surprisingly strong residual commitment to ideas of southern exceptionalism. Looking to the Atlantic and other worlds to find points of comparison, the chapter challenges some of the dominant paradigms of nineteenth century US historiography to re-evaluate what, if anything, was really distinctive about the southern experiences of Civil War, Emancipation, and Reconstruction.
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