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Enslaved African Labour in the Americas: from primitive accumulation to manufacture with racial violence

Higginbottom, Andy;
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  • Published: 26 Apr 2018 Journal: Revista de Estudos e Pesquisas sobre as Américas (issn: 1984-1639, eissn: 1984-1639, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Departamento de Estudos Latino-Americanos - ELA
  • Country: United Kingdom
This paper reconceptualises Marx’s value theory in an analysis of the enslavement of African Americans as a part of the capitalist mode of production with its own special characteristics. Synthesising from the literature, I argue that sugar plantation slavery from the sixteenth into the nineteenth century had a duel relation concerning the debate over primitive accumulation vs. capitalism from the start. The plantation did represent an early form of specifically capitalist production, in that the enslaved African’s labour power was purchased in order to create new surplus value in the production of commodities, but also relying on continual European looting of A...
free text keywords: International relations, JZ2-6530, Social Sciences, H, economics, politics
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