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2. Southern Society: Slavery, King Cotton, and Antebellum America’s “Peculiar” Region

Professor David Blight: Well, go South with me today. We’re going to take up this question initially of–it’s an old, old, old American question–how peculiar, or distinctive, or different is the American South? That used to be a question you could ask in quite some comfort. The “Dixie difference,” as a recent book title called …