Analysis – The Political Economy of Slavery

Genovese, Eugene D. The Political Economy of Slavery: Studies in the Economy & Society of the Slave South. New York: Pantheon Books, 1965.

1.   Thesis: “Slavery gave the South a social system and a civilization with a distinct class structure, political community, economy, ideology, and set of psychological patterns and that, as a result, the South increasingly grew away from the rest of the nation and from the rapidly developing sections of the world.”  All of these factors contributed to a closed system that was slow, if not resistant, to change as a means of protection of power and way of life for slaveholders.


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