Slavery and American Economic Development (Walter Lynwood Fleming Lectures in Southern History) (by Gavin Wright)


Author(s): Gavin Wright

Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publish date: 2006-10-01
ISBN-10: 0807131830
ISBN-13: 9780807131831
Language: English
Description: Through an original analysis of slavery as an economic institution,
Gavin Wright presents a fresh look at the economic divergence
between North and South in the antebellum era. Wright draws a
distinction between slavery as a form of work organization (the
aspect that has dominated historical debates) and slavery as a set
of property rights. Slaves could be purchased and carried to any
location where slavery was legal; they could be assigned to any
task regardless of gender or age; the could be punished for
disobedience, with no effective recourse to the law; they could be
accumulated as a form of wealth; they could be sold or bequeathed.
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