From Library Journal
In his companion volume to The Overthrow of Colonial Slavery (Routledge, 1988), Blackburn, editor of the New Left Review, traces the development of slavery in the New World. He argues that independent traders and businessmen intent on capitalizing on the birth of consumer societies were the driving force behind the rise of the Atlantic slave trade and the sustenance of the plantation system. Thus, although early-modern European states endorsed and profited from slavery, private commercial interests are held primarily responsible for the cruelties of slave traffic and the inhumane conditions of the plantation. In his extremely well-researched and readable book, the author also explains how an emerging racial consciousness was used to legitimize New World slavery and how the plantation contributed to the industrial and military success of the United States and Europe. Highly recommended for academic collections.?Raymond J. Palin, St. Thomas Univ., Miami, Fla.
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“Blackburn’s book has finally drawn the veil which concealed or made mysterious the history and development of modem society.”—Darcus Howe, Guardian
“A magnificent work of contemporary scholarship.”—Eric Foner, The Nation
“Sombre, dark and masterly.”—Linda Colley, Independent on Sunday
“An exhaustive, powerfully written and compelling book.”—Anthony Pagden, Times Literary Supplement
“Extremely well-researched and readable ... . Highly recommended.”—Raymond J. Palin, Library Journal