The Common Thread: Slavery, Cotton and Atlantic Finance from the Louisiana Purchase to Reconstruction
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CitationBoodry, Kathryn Susan. 2014. The Common Thread: Slavery, Cotton and Atlantic Finance from the Louisiana Purchase to Reconstruction. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University.
AbstractThis dissertation focuses on the relationship between cotton, slavery and finance. At its core is a consideration of the Atlantic credit networks that supported the cultivation of cotton across the antebellum South. Planters relied on credit to finance their operating costs from year to year. The credit they received from British merchant banking houses made slavery a tenable labor regime in the antebellum South and enabled the plantation complex to function. This in turn contributed to the expansion of the American economy. The evolution of banking practices and credit mechanisms prompted by the burgeoning trade in cotton and the banking infrastructure developed to support this activity stimulated British industrialization and economic growth. The links between slavery and the development of an Anglo-American financial world are traced here through an examination of cotton sales, consignments and advances made to Southern planters. This dissertation highlights how cotton and the long reach of international finance in turn shaped banking practices across the Atlantic world.
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