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The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860 by Calvin Schermerhorn (review)

The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860 by Calvin Schermerhorn... book revi ews The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860. By Calvin Schermerhorn. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Pp. 352. Cloth, $65.00.) Calvin Schermerhorn’s The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism comes on the heels of much recent work on slavery’s exten- sive role in American economic development, including Walter Johnson’s River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013), Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014), Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), and Damian Alan Pargas’s Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (2015). But this book does not deserve to fall by the wayside or be overshadowed by its predecessors. Scholars of slav- ery—especially those interested in the domestic slave trade—should push through any potential topic fatigue and read it. Despite its broad title, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of Ameri- can Capitalism is really only about one component of the slavery busi- ness: the interstate slave trade. In other words, it is not about the foreign slave trade, the local slave trade, the rental market for slaves, or plantation administration. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Journal of the Civil War Era University of North Carolina Press

The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860 by Calvin Schermerhorn (review)

The Journal of the Civil War Era , Volume 6 (1) – Mar 12, 2016

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book revi ews The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815–1860. By Calvin Schermerhorn. (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2015. Pp. 352. Cloth, $65.00.) Calvin Schermerhorn’s The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism comes on the heels of much recent work on slavery’s exten- sive role in American economic development, including Walter Johnson’s River of Dark Dreams: Slavery and Empire in the Cotton Kingdom (2013), Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014), Sven Beckert’s Empire of Cotton: A Global History (2014), and Damian Alan Pargas’s Slavery and Forced Migration in the Antebellum South (2015). But this book does not deserve to fall by the wayside or be overshadowed by its predecessors. Scholars of slav- ery—especially those interested in the domestic slave trade—should push through any potential topic fatigue and read it. Despite its broad title, The Business of Slavery and the Rise of Ameri- can Capitalism is really only about one component of the slavery busi- ness: the interstate slave trade. In other words, it is not about the foreign slave trade, the local slave trade, the rental market for slaves, or plantation administration.

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The Journal of the Civil War EraUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Mar 12, 2016

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