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Trouble of the WorldSlavery and Empire in the Age of Capital$
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Zach Sell

Print publication date: 2021

Print ISBN-13: 9781469661346

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2022

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469661346.001.0001

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Settling the Crisis

Settling the Crisis

From Australia to the American South

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Trouble of the World

Zach Sell

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines convergences between Black emancipation in the United States, the colonization of Australia, and crisis in Britain’s textile industry in the mid-nineteenth century. This convergence was characterized by white racial projects to bring Asian indentured labor to the colony, imagined as simultaneously cheap and degrading to whiteness, a belief informed by understandings of U.S. settler slavery. This initial effort was accompanied by a second failed project, extending from 1861 to 1865, to colonize unemployed Lancashire factory workers in Queensland. In both the conceptualization of these projects and in interpreting their failure, the example of slavery and emancipation in the United States was looked toward.

Keywords:   Indentured labor, Settler Colonialism, Emancipation, Queensland (Australia), Lancanshire, Factory workers, United States, Colonization, Settler slavery

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