The Politics of the Second Slavery

Edited by Dale W. Tomich

Subjects: History, Sociology, Latin American Studies, African American Studies, Economic History
Series: SUNY series, Fernand Braudel Center Studies in Historical Social Science
Paperback : 9781438462363, 280 pages, July 2017
Hardcover : 9781438462370, 280 pages, December 2016

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Table of contents

Dale W. Tomich

Civilizing America’s Shore: British World-Economic Hegemony and the Abolition of the International Slave Trade (1814–1867)
Dale W. Tomich

International Proslavery: The Politics of the Second Slavery
Rafael Marquese and Tâmis Parron

Spain and the Politics of the Second Slavery, 1808–1868
Christopher Schmidt-Nowara

The Return to the casa de vivienda and the barracón: The Terms of Social Action in Slave Plantations
José Antonio Piqueras

The Paths of Freedom: Autonomism and Abolitionism in Cuba, 1878–1886
Luís Miguel García Mora

Passive Revolution and the Politics of Second Slavery in the Brazilian Empire
Ricardo Salles

The Contraband Slave Trade of the Second Slavery
Leonardo Marques

Spaces of Rebellion: Plantations, Farms, and Churches in Demerara and Southampton, Virginia
Anthony E. Kaye

The American Civil War, Emancipation, and Nation-Building: A Comparative Perspective
Enrico Dal Lago


Sheds new light on both pro and antislavery politics in the nineteenth-century Americas.


The creation of new frontiers of slave commodity production and the expansion and intensification of slavery in Brazil, Cuba, and the southern United States were an integral part of the expansion of the world economy during the nineteenth century. Beginning from this vantage point, The Politics of the Second Slavery brings together a group of international scholars to reinterpret pro- and antislavery politics both globally and nationally as part of the forces that were restructuring Atlantic slavery. Individual chapters shed new light on the decolonization and nationalization of slavery in the Americas, the politics of proslavery elites both within particular countries and across the Atlantic region, the abolition of the international slave trade, and slave resistance.

Dale W. Tomich is Deputy Director of the Fernand Braudel Center for the Study of Economies, Historical Systems, and Civilizations, and Professor of Sociology and History at Binghamton University, State University of New York. He is the editor of New Frontiers of Slavery and the author of Slavery in the Circuit of Sugar, Second Edition: Martinique and the World-Economy, 1830–1848, both also published by SUNY Press.