Ask any student and they’ll tell you : November and March are the cruelest months, with March being the far more vicious of the two. The deadlines for assignments are fast approaching and exams are right around the corner. Sleep becomes a rare commodity. My days are spent alternating between staring intently at a blank Word document, willing 3000 words to appear on the screen, and gazing longingly at that unopened bottle of rum still sitting on top of the fridge … sigh …
Focus Clive …
The Abolition of Slavery
The question I struggle with – The primary stimulus for the abolition of slave-based labour.
Eric Williams 1944 work “Capitalism and Slavery” posits that it was economic factors that would ultimately be the catalyst for abolition. According to Williams’ ‘Decline Theory’, the modern industrial era, created through the use of slave-labour, would eventually render that same system of labour unprofitable, leading to its demise.
Seymour Drescher‘s response to Williams, “Econocide”, disputes the Williams thesis. Drescher credits the British humanitarian efforts with ultimately being responsible for the abolition of slavery.
My view? Like most academic arguments, I find the truth usually lies somewhere in the middle. However, a thesis statement of “sort of yes, but sort of no”, does not a good 3000 word essay make. So, I suppose it’s back to staring at that blank screen again … Unless … maybe I’ll just dip into that rum a little, I’m sure just a taste won’t hurt …
Value of this whiny, complaint post to the reader – Questionable.
Value of this whiny, complaint post to the writer – Immeasurable.