Slavery and Capitalism
Book Review

Reavis, Dick J.

Publisher:  Against the Current
Date Written:  01/11/2018
Year Published:  2018  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX23450

A review of a collection of essays about the economics of American slavery.



Slavery’s Capitalism:
A New History of American Economic Development
Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, editors
Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016, 402 pages, $27.50 paperback.

Slavery's Capitalism does not live up to its subtitle, A New History of American Economic Development. Rather, this is a collection of loosely-related chapters by a dozen scholars to the findings of its co-editor, Sven Beckert, in his 2014 masterwork, Empire of Cotton: A Global History....

Slavery’s Capitalism explores the economics of American slavery, although like Empire of Cotton it doesn’t fully account for the effects of slavery on the South. It includes chapters on accounting, mechanization, credit and law.

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