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Author ORCID Identifier

0000-0002-0105-2043

AccessType

Campus-Only Access for Five (5) Years

Document Type

dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Program

History

Year Degree Awarded

2022

Month Degree Awarded

September

First Advisor

BARBARA KRAUTHAMER

Second Advisor

MANISHA SINHA

Third Advisor

LYNDA MORGAN

Fourth Advisor

SARAH CORNELL

Subject Categories

History of Gender | Intellectual History | Labor History | Military History | Public History | Social History | United States History | Women's History

Abstract

This dissertation examines the Telfair family of Savannah, Georgia who enslaved the most people in the state before the American Civil War. It uses the frameworks of microhistory and transnational history to examine the social, political, and economic connections the family had beyond the American South, and the implications of those connections for the people they enslaved. The dissertation argues that a southern, sectional framework, is inadequate for explaining the activities of the “Antebellum One Percent”, the less than one percent of the antebellum South’s population who owned more than one hundred slaves before the Civil War. In many ways, the Telfair family are an exceptional case, but their unique history demonstrates that historians should view racial chattel slavery in the early United States as a national rather than a sectional institution before the Civil War.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.7275/31060661

Creative Commons License

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