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Title An American planter : Stephen Duncan of antebellum Natchez and New York / Martha Jane Brazy.
Imprint Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c2006.


 Main Stacks  F349.N2 B75 2006    AVAILABLE
Description xiii, 232 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.
Series Southern biography series.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references (p. 205-221) and index.
Subject Duncan, Stephen, 1787-1867.
Plantation owners -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- Biography.
Slaveholders -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- Biography.
Slavery -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- History -- 19th century.
Natchez (Miss.) -- Social conditions -- 19th century.
Natchez (Miss.) -- Race relations.
Natchez (Miss.) -- Biography.
Contents Prologue : "an important crisis is at hand" -- "To seek his fortunes in the distant South" : Stephen Duncan's migration from Pennsylvania to the Mississippi territory -- Laying the foundations of mastery : land, slaves, capital, and the network of elites -- Slaves, politics, and family : Stephen Duncan and the challenges to mastery -- "We will one day have our throats cut in this county" : Stephen Duncan and the challenges of slavery -- Power and position : redefining economic self in boom and bust times -- Public duties and private worlds : the roles and dynamics of the Duncan family -- Survival of the fittest : preservation of wealth and family -- An empire realized : the concentration of wealth and the negotiation of shifting networks -- Underground networks : slave communities and slavery on the Duncan plantations -- Epilogue : "we are in the midst of perils".