Book cover of This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy by Matthew Karp
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This Vast Southern Empire: Slaveholders at the Helm of American Foreign Policy

When the United States emerged as a world power in the years before the Civil War, the men who presided over the nation‚Äôs triumphant territorial and economic expansion were largely southern slaveholders. As presidents, cabinet officers, and diplomats, slaveholding leaders controlled the main levers of foreign policy inside an increasingly powerful American state. This Vast Southern Empire¬†explores the international vision and strategic operations of these southerners at the commanding heights of American politics. […Learn More]