Academic journal article The Historian

Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson

Academic journal article The Historian

Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson

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Flush Times and Fever Dreams: A Story of Capitalism and Slavery in the Age of Jackson. By Joshua D. Rothman. (Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press, 2012. Pp. 391. $29.95.)

The Jacksonian Era has long been the subject of intense historical study. At one time, politics represented the chief interest of historians, and studies of individual states were also long the vogue. It became clear, however, that economics, sectionalism, race, land, class, gender, and a variety of other topics were essential for a complete understanding of these years. Such a thematic approach followed, but too often interrelationships among these various locales and societal themes were not clearly demonstrated.

The main value of this book is that it brings a variety of events and occurrences together. The author has produced a book that ties aspects of this period together and thus provides an excellent insight into the state of Mississippi as an exemplar of the Jacksonian frontier. Joshua D. Rothman uses this state to demonstrate the change, fear, and tumult these years produced not just in the Southwest but in the nation as a whole.

The book's title provides excellent insight into Rothman's argument about the age. Mississippi indeed experienced "flush times" during the 1830s, and these years were also socially filled with "fever dreams," resulting in economic ups and downs and pandemonium, which produced mayhem, brutality, and death. …

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