Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation by Martin Ruef

By Martin Ruef

At the heart of the upheavals introduced by means of emancipation within the American South was once the industrial and social transition from slavery to trendy capitalism. In Between Slavery and Capitalism, Martin Ruef examines how this institutional switch affected members, companies, and groups within the past due 19th century, as blacks and whites alike discovered to navigate the shoals among assorted financial worlds. examining trajectories between commonplace Southerners, this can be maybe the main wide sociological therapy of the transition from slavery due to the fact that W.E.B. Du Bois's Black Reconstruction in America.

In the aftermath of the Civil conflict, uncertainty was once a pervasive characteristic of existence within the South, affecting the industrial habit and social prestige of former slaves, Freedmen's Bureau brokers, planters, retailers, and politicians, between others. Emancipation introduced primary questions: How may still emancipated slaves be reimbursed in salary contracts? What occupations and sophistication positions will be open to blacks and whites? What varieties of agricultural tenure may possibly persist? And what paths to fiscal development will be conceivable? to appreciate the escalating uncertainty of the postbellum period, Ruef attracts on quite a lot of qualitative and quantitative information, together with a number of thousand interviews with former slaves, letters, hard work contracts, memoirs, survey responses, census files, and credits reports.

Through a resolutely comparative strategy, Between Slavery and Capitalism identifies profound adjustments among the industrial associations of the previous and New South and sheds new gentle on how the legacy of emancipation maintains to impact political discourse and race and sophistication family members today.

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