Slavery and Revolution: the Conscience of the Rich

  title={Slavery and Revolution: the Conscience of the Rich},
  author={J. R. Pole},
  journal={The Historical Journal},
  pages={503 - 513}
  • J. Pole
  • Published 1 June 1977
  • History
  • The Historical Journal
Adam Smith's ironical comment appears at first sight to be a reflexion on the power of property. But it is set unostentatiously in a paragraph which begins by saying that the pride of man makes him love to domineer, and concludes that the sugar and tobacco planters can afford the costs of slave labour because their profits are so high not that their profits are high because slave labour is superior. Men will not voluntarily get rid of large numbers of slaves when those numbers are the visible… 
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