“. . . a very welcome addition to the literature on labour history.” —Labour History Review
“This is a valuable collection of essays which gives fresh perspectives and interesting empirical data on the modes of labor bargaining by New World slaves and on the transition from ‘chattel’ to ‘wage’ slavery.” —New West Indian Guide/Nieuwe West-Indische Gids
“Of uniformly high quality, these essays underline the fluidity and dynamic of bargaining processes, the diversity of political and economic contexts, and the importance of external factors. . . . will provoke discussion on parallels between capitalist agriculture and capitalist industrial organization, and will fuel debates on slave as proletarian, and on the notions of ‘peasant breach’ and the two economies.” —Choice
“[These essays] provide important answers to questions relating to levels of slave subsistence, the material conditions of the enslaved, the control mechanisms of owners, the contexts which generated labor bargaining on the part of the enslaved and the reasons owners/employers acquiesced to laborers’ demands rather than rely on the coercive power of the whip.” —Labor History
“[The] contributors deserve commendation for making salutary advances towards developing an integrated analysis of the history of labouring people in slavery and freedom that transcends the particularities of their legal status.” —Slavery & Abolition
“. . . this collection addresses an important topic and will serve as a valuable resource for scholars and students of comparative slavery in the Americas.” —Judy Bieber, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque
The status of labor during slavery and post-emancipation in the Caribbean and the Americas. Contributors investigate the terms under which slaves in the Caribbean, the Southern States, and Latin America worked and how they struggled to establish informal contract terms.