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The Origins of Slavery in the Americas

John J. McCusker and Russell R. Menard

in The Oxford Handbook of Slavery in the Americas

Published in print July 2010 | ISBN: 9780199227990
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199227990.013.0013

Series: Oxford Handbooks in History

 The Origins of Slavery in the Americas

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This article offers an overview of the rise of African slavery in English America. Several propositions are useful in ordering the historical record. The most important is that transitions to African slavery in the several colonies of England's emerging empire can be better understood if Britain's Atlantic world is approached as a single if imperfect and fragile labour market, and if variations in the composition of the workforce among colonies and within particular colonial regions over time are approached through a focus on the supply and demand for labour.

Keywords: African slavery; America; transition; British colonies

Article.  8813 words. 

Subjects: History ; History of the Americas ; Slavery and Abolition of Slavery

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