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The mighty experiment : free labor versus slavery in British emancipation, Seymour Drescher

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The mighty experiment : free labor versus slavery in British emancipation
Title
The mighty experiment
Title remainder
free labor versus slavery in British emancipation
Statement of responsibility
Seymour Drescher
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
By the third quarter of the eighteenth century, Great Britain had amassed Europe's largest imperial stake in the transatlantic slave system. During the next three generations the British dismantled that stake in a graduated series of withdrawals. This process has been portrayed, on the one hand, as a rational disinvestment in a foundering overseas system by the world's greatest and most dynamic economic power. On the other hand, it has been assessed as the world's most expensive per capita overseas investment in modern history. In this latter perspective, British anti-slavery was the the crucial element in the greatest humanitarian achievement of all time. For those who actually planned, debated, implemented, and adjusted to the process, ending British slavery was best conceived neither as a timely withdrawal from a failed economy nor an unprecedented national sacrifice. Properly done, it was to be a rational social experiment. Emancipation was designed to simultaneously minimize agitation on both sides of the Atlantic, and to maximize the scientifically proven superiority of free over slave labor.; It would thereby not only benefit planters, consumers, and capitalists within the empire, but also accelerate the peaceful and voluntary surrender of millions of chattels throughout the world. The implementation and evaluation of emancipation turned out to be a far more contentious affair than the originators had anticipated. It absorbed minds of a whole generation of parliamentarians, governments, and journalists. The origin, execution, and public assessment of this great experiment, in its own contemporary terms, is the subject of this study
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Cataloging source
MT4IT
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Drescher, Seymour
Dewey number
326/.0942
Index
index present
LC call number
HT1163
LC item number
.D76 2002eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Antislavery movements
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Social sciences and history
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Antislavery movements
  • Slavery
  • Slaves
  • Social sciences and history
  • Great Britain
Label
The mighty experiment : free labor versus slavery in British emancipation, Seymour Drescher
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-298) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
other
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents; Introduction; 1. Modern Slavery and Modern Freedom; 2. The Free Labor Ideology: Adam Smith; 3. From Production to Reproduction: The Population Principle; 4. Adam Smith's Epigone and the Retreat from the Free Labor Ideology; 5. Heredity, Environment, and Change; 6. Sierra Leone and Haiti: Emancipation as an Experimental Science; 7. Experimental Alternatives to Slavery, 1791-1833; 8. The Mighty Experiment; 9. Expanding the Experiment; 10. The Experiment Eroded; 11. The Experiment in Crisis: Sugar, Slaves, and Cotton; 12. An Experiment Abandoned; 13. Some Lessons; Notes
  • Selected BibliographyIndex; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Control code
252594750
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198025368
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)252594750
Label
The mighty experiment : free labor versus slavery in British emancipation, Seymour Drescher
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 287-298) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
other
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Contents; Introduction; 1. Modern Slavery and Modern Freedom; 2. The Free Labor Ideology: Adam Smith; 3. From Production to Reproduction: The Population Principle; 4. Adam Smith's Epigone and the Retreat from the Free Labor Ideology; 5. Heredity, Environment, and Change; 6. Sierra Leone and Haiti: Emancipation as an Experimental Science; 7. Experimental Alternatives to Slavery, 1791-1833; 8. The Mighty Experiment; 9. Expanding the Experiment; 10. The Experiment Eroded; 11. The Experiment in Crisis: Sugar, Slaves, and Cotton; 12. An Experiment Abandoned; 13. Some Lessons; Notes
  • Selected BibliographyIndex; A; B; C; D; E; F; G; H; I; J; K; L; M; N; O; P; Q; R; S; T; U; V; W; Y
Control code
252594750
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (vi, 307 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780198025368
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)252594750

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