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The Second Slavery, Capitalism. and Emancipation in Civil War America

Mathisen, Erik (2018) The Second Slavery, Capitalism. and Emancipation in Civil War America. Journal of the Civil War Era, 8 (4). pp. 677-699. ISSN 2154-4727. E-ISSN 2159-9807. (doi:10.1353/cwe.2018.0074) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The historiography of slavery in the nineteenth century has undergone a dramatic shift over the past few years. The “second slavery” as well as work on the relationship between American slavery and capitalism, have altered some of the basic paradigms which have propped up thinking about the institution in the history of the United States. This essay surveys the intellectual origins and development of both projects. It offers a critique of the assumptions which undergird this new work, while at the same time pointing up how these two projects might engage with and be challenged by the history and historiography of American emancipation. In particular, a history of coerced labor in the United States and around the world in the nineteenth century, counters the often insular way in which the story of emancipation and Reconstruction is traditionally cast.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1353/cwe.2018.0074
Subjects: E History America
E History America > E151 United States (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of History
Depositing User: Erik Mathisen
Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2018 15:03 UTC
Last Modified: 09 Jul 2019 12:33 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/67356 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Mathisen, Erik: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6729-5251
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