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978-1-4985-6583-7 • Hardback • October 2017 • $111.00 • (£85.00)
978-1-4985-6584-4 • eBook • October 2017 • $105.50 • (£82.00)
Dale Tomich is professor of sociology and deputy director of the Fernand Braudel Center at Binghamton University.
Introduction, Dale Tomich
Chapter 1: Why the Second Slavery? Robin Blackburn
Chapter 2: Slavery in Historical Capitalism: Toward a Theoretical History of the Second Slavery, Dale Tomich
Chapter 3: Historical Slavery and Capitalism in Cuban Historiography, José Antonio Piqueras
Chapter 4: Slavery in Nineteenth Century Brazil: History and Historiography, Rafael Marquese and Ricardo Salles
Chapter 5: The Second Slavery: Modernity in the Nineteenth-Century South and the Atlantic World, Anthony E. Kaye
In this groundbreaking collection, Dale Tomich has assembled the most important scholars working on the ‘second slavery’ to make a powerful statement on the impossibility of treating the nineteenth-century slave economies and societies of the United States, Brazil, and Cuba as separate from the development of historical capitalism. This book is a timely and much-needed work, compelling in its reconsideration of the different national historiographies on the three main regions of nineteenth-century Atlantic slavery, and is also highly innovative in its reinterpretation of nineteenth-century slavery’s tight link to historical capitalism. It is the best available study on the history and historiography of the ‘second slavery’ as a conceptual framework and as an economic, social, and labor system grounded in the production of specific commodities for the capitalist world-economy.
— Enrico Dal Lago, National University of Ireland, Galway
Original in conception and rigorous in execution, this thought-provoking book places current debates on the history of capitalism and slavery within a broad hemispheric perspective, where they always have belonged.
— Christopher Brown, Columbia University
In the Americas, the nineteenth century heralded wars of colonial liberation, the abolition of slavery, and the creation of liberal constitutional regimes that transformed subjects to citizens. Yet, a dark historical fact has long dragged down this celebratory narrative. In 1860 there were more humans enslaved in the Americas than at any other time in history—and four more million than in 1800. Rather than narrating the inevitable story of emancipation over the course of the nineteenth century, Dale Tomich has gathered the leading historians of slavery—Robin Blackburn, Anthony Kaye, José Antonio Piqueras, Rafael Marquese, and Ricardo Salles—to explain in nuanced detail how a new form of slavery emerged—a ‘Second Slavery’—in the United States, Brazil, and Cuba. Standing in contrast to the ‘First Slavery’ that accompanied colonial regimes governed by European monarchs, the authors analyze how the nineteenth century witnessed an expansion of technological advancements in the service of the production of cotton in the United States, sugar in Cuba, and coffee in Brazil. In short, these authors explain from empirical and theoretical perspectives how capitalism did not eclipse slavery. Rather, capitalism breathed new life into slavery and extended its profitability, productivity, and political longevity by transforming itself into a modern institution at the vanguard of globalization.
— Matt D. Childs, University of South Carolina