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The American Road to Capitalism

The American Road to Capitalism

Studies in Class-Structure, Economic Development and Political Conflict, 1620?1877
April 2012
Trade Paperback · 300 Pages
$28.00 U.S. · $30.99 CAN · €19.99 E.U.
ISBN 9781608461981
Haymarket Books


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Short Listed for the 2011 Isaac and Tamara Deutscher Memorial Prize

Unable to analyze the dynamics of specific forms of social labour in the antebellum U.S., most historians of the US Civil War have ignored its deep social roots. To search out these roots, Post applies the theoretical insights from the transition debates to the historical literature on the U.S. to produce a new analysis of the origins of American capitalism.

About the Author

CHARLES POST, Ph. D. (1983) in Sociology, SUNY-Binghamton, is Professor of Sociology at Borough of Manhattan Community College-CUNY. He has published in New Left Review, Journal of Peasant Studies, Journal of Agrarian Change, Against the Current and Historical Materialism.