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Making the Empire WorkLabor and United States Imperialism$
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Daniel E. Bender and Jana K. Lipman

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479871254

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479871254.001.0001

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The Colonization of Antislavery and the Americanization of Empires

The Colonization of Antislavery and the Americanization of Empires

The Labor of Autonomy and the Labor of Subordination in Togo and the United States

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Making the Empire Work

Andrew Zimmerman

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the agricultural development program to transform Togolese cotton growing from a small economic sector that supported local spinning and weaving into a large monocropping sector for the export of raw cotton to European mills. In relation to this, the development and implementation of capitalist labor systems occupied European colonizers on the ground to a greater extent than interimperialist squabbles about colonial borders or even the dubious treaties of protection concluded with local political elites. Moreover, it shows that the United States played a central role in the development of these colonial labor systems in many European colonies and thus had a vast imperial reach.

Keywords:   Togolese cotton, capitalist labor systems, European colonizers, colonial borders, political elites

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