Finding the Origins of American Capitalism in the Archives of Southern Slavery

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While looking for the experiences of enslaved people caught up in the forced migrations of the domestic slave trade, I discovered something I hadn’t expected to find. The records of enslavers and the formerly enslaved alike showed that cotton production on southern slave labor camps was not only profitable, but also ever-more efficient. Not only was it efficient, but it was brutal. In fact, the brutality was what made it so productive–and destructive.


Capitalism Slavery

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