Plantation kingdom: the American South and its global commodities

Follett, Richard, Beckert, Sven, Coclanis, Peter and Hahn, Barbara (2016) Plantation kingdom: the American South and its global commodities. Marcus Cunliffe lecture series . Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore. ISBN 9781421419398

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Plantation Kingdom traces the rise and fall of America’s plantation economy. Written by four renowned historians, the book demonstrates how an international capitalist system rose out of slave labor, indentured servitude, and the mass production of agricultural commodities for world markets. Vast estates continued to exist after emancipation, but tenancy and sharecropping replaced slavery’s work gangs across most of the plantation world. Poverty and forced labor haunted the region well into the twentieth century.

The book explores the importance of slavery to the Old South, the astounding profitability of plantation agriculture, and the legacy of emancipation. It also examines the place of American producers in world markets and considers the impact of globalization and international competition 150 years ago. Written for scholars and students alike, Plantation Kingdom is an accessible and fascinating study.

Item Type: Book
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > American Studies
Subjects: E History America
Depositing User: Richard Follett
Date Deposited: 30 Sep 2015 12:38
Last Modified: 26 Oct 2020 15:32
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