Capitalism and Slavery

  title={Capitalism and Slavery},
  author={John J. Clegg},
  journal={Critical Historical Studies},
  pages={281 - 304}
  • John J. Clegg
  • Published 2015
  • Economics
  • Critical Historical Studies
  • Was slavery capitalist? For today’s historians the question can evoke musty, long-winded debates from the 1970s. Yet in the last year three books by prominent scholars have reopened the question, catching the attention of many outside the historical profession. While they differ in many respects, these books agree that slavery was central to nineteenth-century capitalism and that it enabled the industrialization of Britain and the United States. Walter Johnson’s River of Dark Dreams graphically… CONTINUE READING
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