The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860

Calvin Schermerhorn

Calvin Schermerhorn’s provocative research perspectives the improvement of contemporary American capitalism in the course of the window of the nineteenth-century interstate slave exchange. This eye-opening historical past follows funds and ships in addition to enslaved people to illustrate how slavery was once a countrywide company supported by way of far-flung financial and credits platforms attaining around the Atlantic Ocean. the writer info the anatomy of slave offer chains and the chains of credits and commodities that intersected with them in almost each nook of the pre–Civil warfare usa, and explores how an establishment that destroyed lives and households contributed enormously to the expansion of the increasing republic’s capitalist economy.

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