Antebellum Southern Political Economists and the Problem of Slavery

  title={Antebellum Southern Political Economists and the Problem of Slavery},
  author={Jay R. Carlander and W. Elliot Brownlee},
  journal={American Nineteenth Century History},
  pages={389 - 416}
This article seeks to contextualize the political economists of the antebellum South. The article analyzes them both as members of a transatlantic set of economic thinkers and as southern defenders of slavery. As such, they paired a commitment to the fundamental precepts of classical economics with a defense of chattel slavery. Some historians have claimed that the simultaneous commitment of the southern political economists to political economy and slavery compromised both their social science… Expand
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