As in, was it capitalist or not? I’m happy with a glib and unreflective “it was!” along with “who cares?” This is partly just my gut feeling, and partly from what I read recently about the topic. I hope to have more to say after I read this old stuff published by the Sojourner Truth Organization. (The links under “this” and “stuff” are pieces by Ken Lawrence and Martin Glaberman. Dave Roediger told me and a friend at a conference “Marty always hated it when we or anyone suggested that slavery was capitalist. I think it’s because he didn’t want to conclude that Marx had supported one capitalist country against another.”)

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