Saturday, February 12, 2011

"Slavery's Capitalism" Conference Program Now Available

The Brown-Harvard Conference on "Slavery's Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development," which will take place at the two universities on April 7-9, 2011, now has a full website. One can find the complete program, as well as information about registration, travel and lodging, and an undergraduate poster session. In the words of the organizers:
The decades between the American Revolution and the Civil War witnessed two economic transformations: the harnessing of machinery and capital into an industrial revolution and the vast expansion of slavery across a so-called Cotton Kingdom. These were not rival developments, but rather the twin engines of the nineteenth-century American economy. This three-day conference will showcase the latest research on the role of slavery in American economic development, pointing toward a new history of capitalism itself. 
The conference is co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost at Brown and the Center for American Political Studies and the Seminar on the Political Economy of Modern Capitalism at Harvard University.