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The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860
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The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism, 1815-1860

Calvin Schermerhorn

Abstract

Businesses that financed, traded, and transported enslaved people chart the progress of nineteenth-century American capitalism more strikingly than any other enterprise. Drawing on history, literature, and business studies, this book details the interstate United States slave trade at the level of the firm. Slave traders investigated here were business insiders rather than social outcasts and were some of the early U.S. republic’s most ingenious merchants. In seven chapters, each centering on a particular enterprise, this book explores how enslavers sought competitive advantages and developed ... More

Keywords: American Slavery, Capitalism, Business, Finance, Slave trade, Supply chains, Enslaved people, Empire

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300192001
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300192001.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Calvin Schermerhorn, author
Arizona State University