Dimitrios Halikias

Dimitrios Halikias

2021-22 CAPS Study of the American Republic Fellow
Government, G-5
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"Slaves without Masters: The Meaning of Slavery in Antebellum America"

I study the changing and contested meaning of slavery in antebellum American debates over southern, racialized plantation slavery and northern, industrial proletarian labor. Though crucially different, important slavery apologists and abolitionists attempted to uncover theoretical commonalities underlying both forms of domination. This project in the intellectual history of American slavery treats the paradoxical condition of America's founding republican principles of liberty and equality. 

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