Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South (Compact Disc)

Scars on the Land: An Environmental History of Slavery in the American South By David Silkenat, Lyle Blaker (Read by) Cover Image
By David Silkenat, Lyle Blaker (Read by)
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Scars on the Land is the first comprehensive history of American slavery to examine how the environment fundamentally formed enslaved people's lives and how slavery remade the Southern landscape. Over two centuries, from the establishment of slavery in the Chesapeake to the Civil War, one simple calculation had profound consequences: rather than measuring productivity based on outputs per acre, Southern planters sought to maximize how much labor they could extract from their enslaved workforce. They saw the landscape as disposable, relocating to more fertile prospects once they had leached the soils and cut down the forests. On the leading edge of the frontier, slavery laid waste to fragile ecosystems, draining swamps, clearing forests to plant crops and fuel steamships, and introducing devastating invasive species. On its trailing edge, slavery left eroded hillsides, rivers clogged with sterile soil, and the extinction of native species. While environmental destruction fueled slavery's expansion, no environment could long survive intensive slave labor. The scars manifested themselves in different ways, but the land too fell victim to the slave owner's lash.
Product Details
ISBN: 9798212363815
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Publication Date: October 18th, 2022
Language: English