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HIST 213 Brent Fiorito Response Paper 3/13/08 The Atlantic Slave Trade Klein’s work on the Atlantic Slave Trade was most interesting to me because of its broad and inclusive analysis of many different facets of this predominantly ignored enterprise within modern scholarly research. When dealing with the use of slaves by Europeans from the fourteenth through the eighteenth centuries Klein brings up a very important factor that helps to explain the widespread use of slaves in the New World. In that time period slaves in Europe were nonproductive, meaning they did not bring the owner any economic gain. They were primarily a luxury for the wealthy and worked in the household as servants. This is because a labor force was already in place, peasants worked in fields and produced food and other supplies. The availability of a labor force is they key factor when dealing with the use of slaves. This then begs the question, “Could not America have been developed without slaves?” I believe that if
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