Slavery and Capitalism: The Political Economy of Slavery and the Emergence of Modern Capitalism

HISTORY 390S.03

This course traces the emergence of slavery as a mode of production in the 16th century and its relationship to the rise of modern or industrial capitalism in the nineteenth century United States and broader Atlantic world economy. The course will draw on economic, legal, political and social histories of slavery to examine the empirical basis of slavery and its moral economy to include questions of republicanism, democracy, race and gender. We will examine the instruments of credit, debit and investment that financed bonded indentured servitude and human bondage and slavery’s linkages to the economic development of the U.S. beyond the southern states to the North, West and globally.

Crosslisting Numbers

AAAS 390S.04; ECON 390S.01

Curriculum Codes: 

CCI, CZ, EI, SS, STS

Theme (Concentration)

Economic and Business Cultures, Race and Ethnicity

Region

United States and Canada