The mighty experiment explores how politicians colonial bureaucrats pamphleteers and scholars taking anti slavery positions validated their claims through rational scientific arguments going beyond moral and polemical rhetoric and how the infiltration of the social sciences into this political debate was designed to minimize agitation on . The mighty experiment free labor versus slavery in british emancipation by seymour drescher new york oxford university press 2002 320pp 5000 dreschers latest contribution to the history of british abolitionism traces the intrusion of social science into the politics of slavery in the british empire from the late eighteenth century . Seymour drescher stands as one of the academys foremost interpreters of the history of slavery and abolition and his mighty experiment can be seen as the culmination of decades of painstaking research and mature reflection on the complicated process that in the british empire forwarded the global project of human emancipation in no small . Start by marking the mighty experiment free labor versus slavery in british emancipation as want to read free labor versus slavery in british emancipation by seymour drescher about seymour drescher. Seymour drescher the mighty experiment free labor versus slavery in british emancipation new york oxford university press 2002 x 307 pp 50 hardback isbn 0 19 509346 1 reviewed for ehnet by david m levy department of economics and center for the study of public choice george mason university
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