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The Sugar Masters: Planters And Slaves In Louisiana's Cane World, 1820-1860

Автор: Richard Follett
Год: 2005
Издание: [не указанo]
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ISBN: 0807130389
Book DescriptionFocusing on the master-slave relationship in Louisiana?s antebellum sugarcane country, The Sugar Masters explores how a modern, capitalist mind-set among planters meshed with old-style paternalistic attitudes to create one of the South?s most insidiously oppressive labor systems. As author Richard Follett vividly demonstrates, the agricultural paradise of Louisiana?s thriving sugarcane fields came at an unconscionable cost to slaves. Thanks to technological and business innovations, sugar planters stood as models of capitalist entrepreneurship by midcentury. But above all, labor management was the secret to their impressive success. Follett explains how in exchange for increased productivity and efficiency they offered their slaves a range of incentives, such as greater autonomy, improved accommodations, and even financial remuneration. These material gains, however, were only short term. According to Follett, many of Louisiana?s sugar...
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