Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
After SlaveryRace, Labor, and Citizenship in the Reconstruction South$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Bruce E. Baker and Brian Kelly

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780813044774

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813044774.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM FLORIDA SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.florida.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright University Press of Florida, 2022. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in FLASO for personal use.date: 26 May 2022

Slave and Citizen in the Modern World

Slave and Citizen in the Modern World

Rethinking Emancipation in the Twenty-First Century

(p.16) 1 Slave and Citizen in the Modern World
After Slavery

Thomas C. Holt

University Press of Florida

This essay considers the global dimensions of citizenship, freedom, and emancipation, comparing the emancipations of the nineteenth century to contemporary discussions about citizenship, nation, and modern forms of forced labor. Fundamental questions about labor, freedom, and citizenship posed by the Age of Revolution and the end of chattel slavery remain unanswered: reckoning with them requires rigorous re-examination of the conceptual frames within which empirical questions are posed. Freedpeople in the nineteenth century entered a new world of nation-states in which questions about their citizenship status were sharply posed. The creation of global relations of labor and consumption is constitutive of the advent of modernity, creating the problem of people who are non-citizens in their place of labor. Key concerns with the effects of modern globalization can be traced back to ambiguities in the meaning of “freedom” after slave emancipation.

Keywords:   slavery, emancipation, globalization, sweatshops, race, immigration, freedom, modernity, citizenship, inequality

Florida Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .