- Title Pages
- The Polk Family Tree
- Some Polk Slaves
- 1 A Market for Labor Power
- 2 Flight (I)
- 3 Flight (II) The Mississippi Plantation
- 4 Profit
- 5 The Nature of the Regime
- 6 The Spirit of Governance
- 7 Births and Deaths
- 8 Family and Community
- 9 Privileges
- 10 Polk’s Early Response to the Antislavery Movement
- 11 Texas and the Mexican War
- 12 Slavery and Union
- 13 Alternatives
- EPILOGUE: Slavery and the Civil War
- Appendix A Polk Plantation Demography, 1835–59
- Appendix B Capital Investment in the Polk Plantation, 1835–60
- Appendix C Profits from the Polk Plantation, 1835–57
- Select Bibliography
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