- African American History
- South Asian History
- Historical Critique of Capitalism
- Empire and Colonialism
“Slavery Beyond Slavery: The American South, British Imperialism, and the Circuits of Capital, 1833–1873”
W.E.B. Du Bois noted that the nineteenth century U.S. slave plantation corresponded with the factory in its “worst conceivable form.” This dissertation expands upon Du Bois’s insight to consider the variety of ways that U.S. slavery intensified and transformed the exploitation of labor on a global scale and especially within the British Empire. Drawing upon archives in Belize, India, England, and the United States, “Slavery Beyond Slavery” delineates the wealth, misery, and dreams of escape that emerged through the circuits of capital in the Age of Emancipation.