The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

By the winner of the Rachel Carson Environment Book Award

Ancient civilizations relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. Nineteenth-century slaveholders viewed critics as hostilely as oil companies and governments now regard environmentalists. Yet the abolition movement had an invisible ally: coal and oil. As the world's most versatile workers, fossil fuels replenished slavery's ranks with combustion… (more)

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Publisher: Greystone Books (August 17, 2012)

Parent ISBN: 9781771640107

Page count: 272 pages

Language: English


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