Reconstructing the Landscapes of Slavery: A Visual History of the Plantation in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World (Paperback)

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Assessing a unique collection of more than eighty images, this innovative study of visual culture reveals the productive organization of plantation landscapes in the nineteenth-century Atlantic world. These landscapes--from cotton fields in the Lower Mississippi Valley to sugar plantations in western Cuba and coffee plantations in Brazil's Paraiba Valley--demonstrate how the restructuring of the capitalist world economy led to the formation of new zones of commodity production. By extension, these environments radically transformed slave labor and the role such labor played in the expansion of the global economy.

Artists and mapmakers documented in surprising detail how the physical organization of the landscape itself made possible the increased exploitation of enslaved labor. Reading these images today, one sees how technologies combined with evolving conceptions of plantation management that reduced enslaved workers to black bodies. Planter control of enslaved people's lives and labor maximized the production of each crop in a calculated system of production. Nature, too, was affected: the massive increase in the scale of production and new systems of cultivation increased the land's output. Responding to world economic conditions, the replication of slave-based commodity production became integral to the creation of mass markets for cotton, sugar, and coffee, which remain at the center of contemporary life.

About the Author


Dale W. Tomich is professor emeritus of sociology at Binghamton University. Rafael de Bivar Marquese is professor of history at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Reinaldo Funes Monzote is professor of history at the University of Havana. Carlos Venegas Fornias is a researcher at Centro de Investigaciones Juan Marinello in Havana.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781469663128
ISBN-10: 1469663120
Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Publication Date: April 19th, 2021
Pages: 176
Language: English