Global Capitalism, Slavery, and Reproduction

Introduced by Katherine Paugh (Caribbean history, Oxford)

18 June 2019

Main readings

Dale W. Tomich, Through the Prism of Slavery: Labor, Capital, and World Economy, 2004, Chapters 1 and 2.

Barbara L. Solow, The Economic Consequences of the Atlantic Slave Trade, 2014, Chapter 1.

Immanuel Wallerstein, American Slavery and the Capitalist World-Economy (Book Review). (1976). American Journal of Sociology, 81(5), 1199-1213.

Yann Moulier Boutang, ‘Forms of Unfree Labour: Primitive Accumulation, History or Pre-History of Capitalism?’, Viewpoint Magazine, originally published as “Formes de travail non libre: “Accumulation primitive. préhistoire ou histoire continuée du capitalisme?” Cahiers d’Études Africaines 45, no. 179/180 (2005): 1069–1092.

Gayle Rubin, “The Traffic in Women: Notes on the ‘Political Economy’ of Sex”, in Rayna Reiter, ed., Toward an Anthropology of Women, New York, Monthly Review Press (1975).

Katherine Paugh, The Politics of Reproduction: Race, Medicine, and Fertility in the Age of Abolition, 2017, Introduction. [Online via Solo:

Supplemental readings

Jennifer Morgan, Laboring Women, 2004.

Edward Baptist, The Half Has Never Been Told, 2014, especially chapter 7.

Walter Johnson, River of Dark Dreams, 2017, especially chapter 14, ‘The Ignominious Effort to Reopen the Slave Trade’.

Eric Williams, Capitalism and Slavery, 1944.

Robert Fogel and Stanley Engerman, Time on the Cross, vol. 1, esp. pp. 78-86.

Elizabeth Fox-Genovese and Eugene D. Genovese, Fruits of Merchant Capital: Slavery and Bourgeois Property in the Rise and Expansion of Capitalism, chapters 1 and 2.

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