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Listen to the Athenian Solon: “Our virtue sticks with us and makes us strong, but money changes owners all day long”

Solon (c. 638 – c. 558 BC) was an Athenian statesman, lawmaker and poet, particularly known for ending exclusive aristocratic control of the government and his efforts to legislate against political, economic, and moral decline in archaic Athens, whose elite was obsessed with wealth, power, and prestige. His first … Continue reading

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How slavery shaped the market economy and abolitionism gave rise to ideals of human rights?

For over three centuries enslavement promoted the rise of capitalism in the Atlantic world, but study of slavery as a pivotal force in western ascendancy and dominance is still mostly neglected. In The American Crucible: Slavery, Emancipation and Human Rights, … Continue reading

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Between slavery and capitalism: former slaves and slaveholders construct a new model of racial labor market after the Civil War

At the center of the upheavals brought by emancipation in the American South was the economic and social transition from slavery to modern capitalism. In this new book Between Slavery and Capitalism: The Legacy of Emancipation in the American South, Martin … Continue reading

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Capitalism Takes Command: the Social Transformation of 19th Century America

A new volume of multidisciplinary essays Capitalism Takes Command, edited by Michael Zakim and Gary J. Kornblith, presents a history of family farming, general incorporation laws, mortgage payments, inheritance practices, office systems, and risk management—an inventory of the means by which capitalism became … Continue reading

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