Plantation Kingdom (The Marcus Cunliffe Lecture Series) by Richard Follett,Sven Beckert,Peter Coclanis,Barbara M. Hahn

By Richard Follett,Sven Beckert,Peter Coclanis,Barbara M. Hahn

In 1850, America’s plantation financial system reigned preferrred. U.S. cotton ruled international markets, and American rice, sugarcane, and tobacco grew all through an enormous farming empire that stretched from Maryland to Texas. 4 million enslaved African americans toiled the fields, generating international commodities that enriched the main strong classification of slaveholders the realm had ever identified. yet fifty years later—after emancipation demolished the plantation-labor procedure, Asian pageant flooded global markets with reasonable uncooked fabrics, and loose alternate eradicated secure markets—America’s plantations lay in ruins.

Plantation nation traces the increase and fall of America’s plantation economic system. Written by means of 4 popular historians, the ebook demonstrates how a world capitalist approach rose out of slave exertions, indentured servitude, and the mass creation of agricultural commodities for global markets. colossal estates persevered to exist after emancipation, yet tenancy and sharecropping changed slavery’s paintings gangs throughout many of the plantation international. Poverty and compelled hard work haunted the zone good into the 20 th century.

The booklet explores the significance of slavery to the outdated South, the staggering profitability of plantation agriculture, and the legacy of emancipation. It additionally examines where of yankee manufacturers in global markets and considers the influence of globalization and overseas festival a hundred and fifty years in the past. Written for students and scholars alike, Plantation Kingdom is an available and interesting study.

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