Beyond racism and poverty : the truck system on Louisiana plantations and Dutch peateries, 1865-1920 / by Karin Lurvink.
- Leiden ; Boston : Brill, 
- Studies in global slavery ; v. 3.
Studies in Global Slavery ; Volume 3
xvii, 269 pages ; 25 cm.
- Truck system -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Truck system -- Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Plantations -- Louisiana -- History -- 19th century.
Plantations -- Louisiana -- History -- 20th century.
Truck system -- Netherlands -- History -- 19th century.
Truck system -- Netherlands -- History -- 20th century.
Peat industry -- Netherlands -- History -- 19th century.
Peat industry -- Netherlands -- History -- 20th century.
- The truck system was a global phenomenon in the period 1865-1920, where workers were paid through the company store. In 'Beyond Racism and Poverty' Karin Lurvink compares how this system functioned on plantations in Louisiana and peateries in the Netherlands. In the US, the system is viewed as a 'second slavery' and is strongly associated with racism. In the Netherlands, however, not racism but poverty was seen as the main reason for its continued existence.0By using a variety of historical sources and by analyzing the perspectives of both employers and workers, Lurvink provides new insights into how the truck system worked and can be explained. She reveals how the system was not only coercive but had some advantages for the workers as well, which should not be overlooked.
- Conclusion, Bayous and bogs: the geography of isolation
Abuse? The effects of the truck system
Costs and benefits: the employer's perspective
Carrots, cake, and candy: the store as a positive incentive
Sticks and strikes: the store as a negative incentive
The power of racism and class.
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