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Slavery's Capitalism

A New History of American Economic Development
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During the 19th century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced and dynamic economies. At the same time, the nation sustained an expansive and brutal system of human bondage. This was no mere coincidence. Slavery's Capitalism argues for slavery's centrality to the emergence of American capitalism in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. According to editors Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, the issue is not whether slavery itself was or was not capitalist but rather the impossibility of understanding the nation's spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center. American capitalism - renowned for its celebration of market competition, private property, and the self-made man - has its origins in an American slavery predicated on the abhorrent notion that human beings could be legally owned and compelled to work under force of violence.

Drawing on the expertise of 16 scholars who are at the forefront of rewriting the history of American economic development, Slavery's Capitalism identifies slavery as the primary force driving key innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, management, and political economy that are too often attributed to the so-called free market. Approaching the study of slavery as the originating catalyst for the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism casts new light on American credit markets, practices of offshore investment, and understandings of human capital. Rather than seeing slavery as outside the institutional structures of capitalism, the essayists recover slavery's importance to the American economic past and prompt enduring questions about the relationship of market freedom to human freedom.

Contributors: Edward E. Baptist, Sven Beckert, Daina Ramey Berry, Kathryn Boodry, Alfred L. Brophy, Stephen Chambers, Eric Kimball, John Majewski, Bonnie Martin, Seth Rockman, Daniel B. Rood, Caitlin Rosenthal, Joshua D. Rothman, Calvin Schermerhorn, Andrew Shankman, and Craig Steven Wilder.

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©2016 University of Pennsylvania Press (P)2017 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Hungurr
  • 07-06-2017

very enlightening

excellent insights into slavery's impact on development of the nation's economy and thoughts about non mainstream ideas why the North opposed slavery

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  • io
  • 01-02-2018

good book editor should do his/her freaking job

cheaper 32 the reader repeatedly calls the rothschild's the rothshields. Maybe that is some different pronunciation of Rothschild I have never heard before. luckily that particular reader isn't on very long. please get people that know something about the subject to read and listen to the book before you publish it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-01-2018

The volume is so low I can't hear it.

I have listened to almost 100 audiobooks on Audible and this is by far the very worst. Buyer beware.