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The Reinvention of Atlantic Slavery: Technology, Labor, Race, and Capitalism in the Greater Caribbean

Daniel B. Rood

Abstract

Rood’s book shows how, in an age of industrial growth and expanding antislavery movements, ambitious planters in the Upper US South, Cuba, and Brazil forged a new set of relationships with one another to sidestep the financial dominance of Great Britain and the northeastern United States. Hiring a transnational group of chemists, engineers, and other “plantation experts,” they sought to adapt the technologies of the Industrial Revolution to suit “tropical” needs and maintain profitability. These experts depended on the know-how of slaves alongside whom they worked. Bondspeople with industrial ... More

Keywords: slavery, technology, labor, capitalism, knowledge, tropicalism, Cuba, Upper South, Brazil, sugar, coffee, wheat flour, flour mills, merchants, experts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190655266
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190655266.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel B. Rood, author
Assistant Professor of History, University of Georgia