How America Became Capitalist
Imperial Expansion and the Conquest of the West
From the first white-settler colonies, capitalist economic elements were apparent, but far from dominant, and did not drive the early colonial advance into the West. Society, too, was far from homogeneous - as the role of the state fluctuated. Racial identities took time to imprint, and slavery, whilst at the heart of American imperialism, took both capitalist and less-capitalist forms. Additionally, gender categories and relations were highly complex, as standards of 'manhood' and 'womanhood' shifted over time to accommodate capitalism, and as there were always some people challenging this binary.
By looking at this fascinating and complex picture, James Parisot weaves a groundbreaking historical materialist perspective on the history of American expansion.
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James Parisot is an affiliate faculty member in Sociology at Drexel University. He has published articles in a variety of scholarly journals, is co-editor of the book American Hegemony and the Rise of Emerging Powers: Cooperation or Conflict? (Routledge, 2017), and is the author of How America Became Capitalist: Imperial Expansion and the Conquest of the West (Pluto, 2019).
Introduction: The Embrace of Empire
1. The Origins of Colonial Society
2. The Expansion of Empire
3. Kentucky and Ohio
4. Slavery and Capitalism
5. The Progress of Empire
6. The Consolidation of American Capitalism
Conclusion: Capital and the Conquest of Space
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