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Alternative Slaveries and American Democracy: Debt Bondage and Indian Captivity in the Civil War Era Southwest

Abstract This dissertation analyzes two regional systems of involuntary servitude (Indian captive slavery and Mexican debt peonage) over a period spanning roughly two centuries. Following a chronological framework, it examines the development of captive slavery in the Southwest beginning in the early 1700s and lasting through the mid-1800s, by which time debt peonage emerged as a secondary form of coerced servitude that augmented Indian slavery in order to meet increasing demand for labor. While both peonage and captive slavery had an indelible impact on cultural and social systems in the Southwest, this dissertation places those two labor systems within the context of North American slavery and sectional agitation during the antebellum period. The ... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Kiser, William S. (Author) / Fixico, Donald L. (Advisor) / Simpson, Brooks (Committee member) / Schermerhorn, Calvin (Committee member) / Lockard, Joe (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject History / American West / Civil War / Labor / New Mexico / Reconstruction / Slavery
Type Doctoral Dissertation
Extent 462 pages
Language English
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Note Doctoral Dissertation History 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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