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The Resource Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris, John T. Matthews

Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris, John T. Matthews

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Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris
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Hidden in plain sight
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slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris
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John T. Matthews
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eng
Summary
For as long as the United States owed its prosperity to a New World plantation complex, from colonial settlement until well into the twentieth century, the toxic practices associated with its permutations stimulated imaginary solutions to the contradiction with the nation's enlightenment ideals and republican ideology. Ideals of liberty, democracy, and individualism could not be separated from a history of forcible coercion, oligarchic power, and state-protected economic opportunism. While recent historical scholarship about the relation of capitalism to slavery explores the depths at which U.S. ascension was indebted to global plantation slave economies, John T. Matthews probes how exemplary works of literature represented the determination to deny the open secret of a national atrocity. Difficult truths were hidden in plain sight, allowing beholders at once to recognize and disavow knowledge they would not act on. What were the habits of mind that enabled free Americans to acknowledge what was intolerable yet act as if they did not? In what ways did non-slave-owning Americans imagine a relation to slavery that both admitted its iniquity and accepted its benefits? How did the reconfiguration of the plantation system after the Civil War elicit new literary forms for dealing with its perpetuation of racial injustice, expropriation of labor, and exploitation for profit of the land? Hidden in Plain Sight examines signal nineteenth-century works by Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Joel Chandler Harris to show how writers portrayed a nation founded on the unseen seen of slavery's capitalism
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Matthews, John T
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813/.309355
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no index present
Literary form
non fiction
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dictionaries
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Mercer University Lamar Memorial Lectures
Series volume
no. 58
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  • American fiction
  • Denial (Psychology) in literature
  • Ignorance (Theory of knowledge) in literature
  • Fetishism in literature
  • National characteristics, American, in literature
  • Literature and society
  • Slavery
  • Capitalism and literature
  • Slavery
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adult
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Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris, John T. Matthews
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1 online resource.
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9780820356716
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Hidden in plain sight : slave capitalism in Poe, Hawthorne, and Joel Chandler Harris, John T. Matthews
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Publication
Distribution
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online resource
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  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Color
multicolored
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text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
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MWT13315456
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780820356716
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
MWT13315456
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
13315456
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Mode of access: World Wide Web

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