Southern cotton planters and Northern textile mill owners maintained what has been called “an unholy alliance between the lords of the lash and the
lords of the loom” This collection of essays focuses on the central role of slavery in the early development of industrialization in the United
States as well as on the interconnections among the histories of African Americans, women, and labor.
“The eight papers published here engage several important debates very effectively…a useful collection that succeeds admirably in dismantling the facile opposition between antebellum North and South”
—Journal of the Early Republic, Winter 1998
New York: Garland, 1998.