A Speculator’s Paradise: Market Capitalism and the Expansion of the Slave South

Lecture Description

The expansion of the cotton South in the antebellum United States was central to the expansion of slavery and the development of American capitalism. This lecture traces the growth of the cotton South between 1800 and 1865; explains its significance for the lives of the enslaved, white, and Native peoples; and discusses how it helps us understand the interplay between slavery and capitalism in early American history.


Antebellum Capitalism

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