Slavery and Anglo‐American capitalism revisited

  title={Slavery and Anglo‐American capitalism revisited},
  author={Gavin Wright},
  journal={The Economic History Review},
  • Gavin Wright
  • Published 1 May 2020
  • Economics
  • The Economic History Review
British and American debates on the relationship between slavery and economic growth have had little interaction with each other. This article attempts intellectual arbitrage by joining these two literatures. The linkage turns on the neglected part two of the ‘Williams thesis’: that slavery and the slave trade, once vital for the expansion of British industry and commerce, were no longer needed by the nineteenth century. In contrast to recent assertions of the centrality of slavery for US… 

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