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Black Market: The Slave's Value in National Culture after 1865

Aaron Carico


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, sl ... More

Keywords: Slavery, Form of value, Cultural production, Social relations, Slave commodity, Capital, Political economy, Liberalism, literature, art

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469655581
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655581.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Aaron Carico, author
Yale University