Slavery and Plantation Capitalism in Louisiana's Sugar Country

Follett, Richard (2000) Slavery and Plantation Capitalism in Louisiana's Sugar Country. American Nineteenth Century History, 1 (3). pp. 1-27. ISSN 1466-4658

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Sugar planters in the antebellum South managed their estates progressively, efficiently, and with a political economy that reflected the emerging capitalist values of nineteenth-century America. By fusing economic progress and slave labor, sugar planters revolutionized the means of production and transformed the institution of slavery. Slaveholders and bondspeople redefined the parameters of paternalism and recast the master-slave relationship along a novel path. Louisiana slaves accommodated the machine, holding no torch for Luddism while concurrently shaping the agro-industrial revolution to achieve modest economic independence and relative autonomy within the plantation quarters.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > American Studies
Subjects: E History America > E11 America (General)
Depositing User: Richard Follett
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:02
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 10:35
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