A peculiar silence: The Scottish Enlightenment, political economy, and the early American debates over slavery

@article{Guenther2011APS,
  title={A peculiar silence: The Scottish Enlightenment, political economy, and the early American debates over slavery},
  author={Michael B. Guenther},
  journal={Atlantic Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={8},
  pages={447 - 483}
}
Abstract This paper explores the economic critique of slave labor that emerged from the writings of the Scottish Enlightenment and the general failure of these ideas to influence American debates over slavery in the last quarter of the eighteenth century. While the Scottish school of political economy was quite influential in revolutionary America, neither antislavery advocates nor economic writers chose to follow the Scots in analyzing the deeper economic ramifications of the “peculiar… Expand
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