Black Market: The Slave's Value in National Culture after 1865 (Studies in United States Culture) by Aaron Carico
English | June 22nd, 2020 | ISBN: 1469655586, 1469655578 | 296 pages | EPUB | 24.84 MB
On the eve of the Civil War, the estimated value of the U.S. enslaved population exceeded $3 billion—triple that of investments nationwide in factories, railroads, and banks combined, and worth more even than the South's lucrative farmland. Not only an object to be traded and used, the slave was also a kind of currency, a form of value that anchored the market itself. And this value was not destroyed in the war. Slavery still structured social relations and cultural production in the United States more than a century after it was formally abolished. As Aaron Carico reveals in Black Market, slavery's engine of capital accumulation was preserved and transformed, and the slave commodity survived emancipation.