Race, Nation, Equality

David Kazanjian

in Post-Nationalist American Studies

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2000 | ISBN: 9780520224384
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520925267 | DOI:
Race, Nation, Equality

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This chapter introduces Olaudah Equiano and examines the concept of U.S. mercantilism. It begins by suggesting that Equiano's text urges people to consider how mercantilism worked to produce and to touch practices and discourses of “nation”, “equality”, and “race” during the late-eighteenth century. This is followed by a discussion on how Karl Marx's theory of value led to a critique of mercantilism's expression of formal and abstract equality with national and racial codification. The chapter then reviews Equiano's text before studying its representation of the expression of formal and abstract equality in the mercantilist conjuncture during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries.

Keywords: Olaudah Equiano; mercantilism; Karl Marx; theory of value; formal equality; abstract equality; codification; mercantilist conjuncture

Chapter.  18065 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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