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Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries: British Literature, Political Thought, and the Transatlantic Book Trade, 1731-1814

Sean D. Moore

Abstract

Early American libraries stood at the nexus of two transatlantic branches of commerce—the book trade and the slave trade. Slavery and the Making of Early American Libraries bridges the study of these trades by demonstrating how Americans’ profits from slavery were reinvested in imported British books and providing evidence that the colonial book market was shaped, in part, by the demand of slave owners for metropolitan cultural capital. It makes these claims on the basis of recent scholarship on how participation in London cultural life was very expensive in the eighteenth century, and evidenc ... More

Keywords: book trade, history of the book, transatlantic, slavery, eighteenth century, British political thought, American Revolution, postcolonial, early American history, colonial book

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198836377
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198836377.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean D. Moore, author
Associate Professor of English, University of New Hampshire