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"This elegantly written and engaging monograph is required reading for students of nineteenth-century North Carolina history."

"There is much to admire in Schermerhorn's book... A compelling, finely grained study."

"[A] valuable study... Anyone interested in slavery and the antebellum South will profit from reading it."

"Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom displays exhaustive research, a well-crafted argument, and is a valuable addition to antebellum slave historiography."

"Elegantly argued and sharply written Money over Mastery, Family over Freedom convincingly shows the centrality of enslaved men and women to the transformation of the coastal upper South's commercial life and the ways they mitigated this modernizing project."