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In this conclusion, Paxman follows Adam Hochschild’s recent history of the abolition movement and dismisses the quite brilliant arguments put in the late Eric Williams’ Capitalism and Slavery. Williams showed that abolition was not solely a moral choice, but also an economically sound reform that turned capitalism away from the primitive means of enrichment of slavery towards the much more effective exploitation that could be achieved through ‘wage slavery’ [ed] imposed upon workers in an industrial setting. The material advantage was clear to everyone at the time: the slave-driven West Indies having been a great source of wealth in the late eighteenth century had become a terrible drain on the exchequer by the early nineteenth century. Their economic downfall was not just because of the tremendous cost of putting down the near-continuous slave revolts (well described by Gott), but also because the plantations were underinvested by owners who saw little benefit in mechanisation when they could use slaves and who had slowly drifted into indebtedness.

Þetta er sjónarhorn sem heyrist allt of sjaldan. Gungo-ho hræsnarasagnfræðin í kringum afnám þrælahalds í Bretlandi og Bandaríkjunum er þessum þjóðum til skammar.