Slavery's Capitalism

Slavery's Capitalism explores the role of slavery in the development of the U.S. economy during the first decades of the nineteenth century. It tells the history of slavery as a story of national, even global, economic importance and investigates the role of enslaved Americans in the building of the modern world.

Slavery's Capitalism
A New History of American Economic Development

Edited by Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman

2016 | 416 pages | Cloth $59.95 | Paper $27.50
American History | African-American Studies/African Studies | Economics
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Table of Contents

Introduction. Slavery's Capitalism
—Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman

PART I. PLANTATION TECHNOLOGIES
Chapter 1. Toward a Political Economy of Slave Labor: Hands, Whipping-Machines, and Modern Power
—Edward E. Baptist
Chapter 2. Slavery's Scientific Management: Masters and Managers
—Caitlin Rosenthal
Chapter 3. An International Harvest: The Second Slavery, the Virginia-Brazil Connection, and the Development of the McCormick Reaper
—Daniel B. Rood

PART II. SLAVERY AND FINANCE
Chapter 4. Neighbor-to-Neighbor Capitalism: Local Credit Networks and the Mortgaging of Slaves
—Bonnie Martin
Chapter 5. The Contours of Cotton Capitalism: Speculation, Slavery, and Economic Panic in Mississippi, 1832-1841
—Joshua D. Rothman
Chapter 6. "Broad is de Road dat Leads ter Death": Human Capital and Enslaved Mortality
—Daina Ramey Berry
Chapter 7. August Belmont and the World the Slaves Made—Kathryn Boodry

PART III. NETWORKS OF INTEREST AND THE NORTH
Chapter 8. "What have we to do with slavery?" New Englanders and the Slave Economies of the West Indies
—Eric Kimball
Chapter 9. "No country but their counting-houses": The U.S.-Cuba-Baltic Circuit, 1809-1812
—Stephen Chambers
Chapter 10. The Coastwise Slave Trade and a Mercantile Community of Interest
—Calvin Schermerhorn

PART IV. NATIONAL INSTITUTIONS AND NATURAL BOUNDARIES
Chapter 11. War and Priests: Catholic Colleges and Slavery in the Age of Revolution
—Craig Steven Wilder
Chapter 12. Capitalism, Slavery, and the New Epoch: Mathew Carey's 1819
—Andrew Shankman
Chapter 13. The Market, Utility, and Slavery in Southern Legal Thought
—Alfred L. Brophy
Chapter 14. Why Did Northerners Oppose the Expansion of Slavery? Economic Development and Education in the Limestone South
—John Majewski

Notes
Contributors
Index
Acknowledgments