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James Fisk UGC112 Laticia McNaughton #4 In the book, The Slave Ship, author Marcus Rediker defines slave ships and plantation as machines. He initially describes slaves ships as machines because well that's what they are. Powerful sailing and transporting machines which helped shape the growing world. He then goes on to describe the slave ships as factories and prisons. They were factories because they had many men working on them, in sync, using machines and tools to achieve a common goal for wages, much like a factory. They were also prisons, for the men working on them because they couldn't leave and were mostly in debt, and also for the slaves who themselves were prisoners and forced onto the ship. Rediker also describes the slave ship was a tool for rise of capitalism,
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Unformatted text preview: exploration of new lands and the expansion of the new world market. Rediker describes plantations as machines because they were, like the ships, tools for economic expansions and growth. The plantations needed labor and slaves to work the fields. Plantations fueled the demand for slave labor which raised the demand for more natural resources. At this time the world was growing at a rapid rate and there was a very high demand for commodities. To make these things they needed natural resources, which is where plantation come in. Plantations were able to mass produce resources cheaply through slave labor and where able to fuel the world economy like a machine....
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