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- DescriptionIn 1850, America's plantation ecomy reigned supreme. U.S. cotton dominated world markets, and American rice, sugarcane, and tobacco grew throughout a vast farming empire that stretched from Maryland to Texas. Four million enslaved African Americans toiled the fields, producing global commodities that enriched the most powerful class of slaveholders the world had ever kwn. But fifty years later-after emancipation demolished the plantation-labor system, Asian competition flooded world markets with cheap raw materials, and free trade eliminated protected markets-America's plantations lay in ruins. Plantation Kingdom traces the rise and fall of America's plantation ecomy. Written by four rewned 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.
- Author BiographyRichard Follett is a professor of American history at the University of Sussex and the author of The Sugar Masters: Planters and Slaves in Louisiana's Cane World, 1820-1860. Sven Beckert is the Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University and the author of Empire of Cotton: A Global History. Peter Coclanis is the Albert R. Newsome Distinguished Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the author of The Shadow of a Dream: Economic Life and Death in the South Carolina Low Country, 1670-1920. Barbara Hahn is an associate professor of history at Texas Tech University and the author of Making Tobacco Bright: Creating an American Commodity, 1617-1937.
- Author(s)Barbara M. Hahn,Peter Coclanis,Richard Follett,Sven Beckert
- PublisherJohns Hopkins University Press
- Date of Publication18/03/2016
- SubjectHistory: Specific Subjects
- Series TitleThe Marcus Cunliffe Lecture Series
- Place of PublicationBaltimore, MD
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintJohns Hopkins University Press
- Content Note1 black & white illustrations
- Weight204 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine11 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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