296 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 25 halftones, notes, bibl., index
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-5558-1
Published: June 2020
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-5557-4
Published: June 2020
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-5559-8
Published: April 2020
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About the Author
Aaron Carico is a writer based in Brooklyn. He received a PhD in American studies from Yale University.
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"Aaron Carico traces the connection between the plantation economy and the rise of corporate culture, demonstrating the mechanisms by which racism and the economic valuation of black bodies continued to structure economic institutions and logic in the United States after emancipation. Charting the transformation of 'slave racial capital' over a broad sweep of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Black Market shifts debates in multiple fields of U.S. cultural history."--Shirley E. Thompson, The University of Texas at Austin
"A deeply troubling account of the history--cultural, intellectual, political, and economic--by which American society followed along as, in W. E. B. Du Bois's words, 'The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.' A bold and brilliant account of American slavery's tenacious afterlife."--Walter Johnson, Harvard University
"This dazzling work defines a new moment in the study of the history of capitalism in the United States and announces the arrival of an important scholar in that vital area of inquiry. Written with both fierce urgency and beautiful precision, it shows that the afterlives of slavery never became a mere part of the past. Tracing their cultural and political economic presence within and far beyond the African American South, Carico shows slavery enclosing land, lives, imaginations, and political possibilities for a century and a half."--David Roediger, University of Kansas
"Black Market makes a compelling case that the formal 'abolition' of slavery in 1865 was nothing of the sort; it was, rather, a transformation of the institution's logic of value. Carico helps us to see that one of the relations capitalism has to slavery is the ghosting of that relation and, through solid archival sleuthing and dazzling close readings, Carico compels that phantom to materialize. Black Market is a work of complex cerebration and a major accomplishment in the field of American studies."--Stephen M. Best, University of California, Berkeley