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Cairnes, John Elliott (1823-1875) The Slave-power: Its character, career and probable designs: Being an attempt to explain the real issues involved in the America contest.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00267.014 Author/Creator: Cairnes, John Elliott (1823-1875) Place Written: London, England Type: Books Date: 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Second edition. Published by Macmillan and Company. Contains pencil notes on title page. Includes dedication to John Stuart Mill: "...the opportunity of connecting my name in public with that of one from whose works I have profited more largely than from those of any other living writer, was one which I could not easily forego."

People: Cairnes, John Elliott, 1823-1875.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Literature and Language Arts, Economics, Slavery, African American History, Abolition, Reform Movement, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Civil War, Confederate States of America

Sub Era: The American Civil War