The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview

THE MIND OF THE MASTER CLASS: HISTORY AND FAITH IN THE SOUTHERN SLAVEHOLDERS' WORLDVIEW, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eugene D. Genovese, eds., Cambridge University Press, p. 828, 2005

7 Pages Posted: 7 Apr 2009 Last revised: 16 Dec 2014

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Colin D. Pearce

Clemson University - College of Business and Behavioral Science

Date Written: March 31, 2009

Abstract

This is a 3,000 word review of Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese's monumental study of the intellectual life of the ante-bellum South entitled "The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview "(Cambridge University Press, 2005) While acknowledging the book as an outstanding achievement in terms of the sheer comprehensiveness of its scope and the breadth of its coverage of southern intellectual culture it concludes that the authors' pre-existing methodological assumptions imposed severe limitations on how deeply they could penetrate into the philosophical spirit animating "The Mind of the South" prior to the onset of the Civil War.

Keywords: Historiography, Intellectual History, Philosophy, Confederacy, Simms, Holmes, Comte, Hamilton

JEL Classification: Y30, Z11, Z12, Z19

Suggested Citation

Pearce, Colin D., The Mind of the Master Class: History and Faith in the Southern Slaveholders' Worldview (March 31, 2009). THE MIND OF THE MASTER CLASS: HISTORY AND FAITH IN THE SOUTHERN SLAVEHOLDERS' WORLDVIEW, Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, Eugene D. Genovese, eds., Cambridge University Press, p. 828, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1371083 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1371083

Colin D. Pearce (Contact Author)

Clemson University - College of Business and Behavioral Science ( email )

Clemson, SC 29631
United States

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