White Civilization And The Heart Of Darkness By Joseph Conrad

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This economic study will define the greater profitability and efficiency of free laborers in contrast to slave labor to debunk the myth of racial superiority in The Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad. Williams (1961) defines the originations of racism and slave labor as a result of practical economic conditions of new agrarian colonies established by European governments in the New World. A shortage of free laborers and indentured servants presented the economic problem of sustaining agricultural colonies, which was resolved by kidnapping slaves from around the world to do this undesirable work. This labor market trend in the 17th and 18th centuries provided the necessary slave labor needed, but the commoditization of slaves with low skill sets define a stagnation in overall production and efficiency in the American South. In the North, farms in New England utilized paid free workers and indentured servants with greater efficiency and higher agricultural techniques, which proved to be more profitable overall. In a literary context, racism was a tool for rationalizing slavery and colonization, such as found in Conrad’s theme of “bringing light” of white civilization to Africa, but it was only an effect of practical economic conditions for colonizers. In essence, Williams ' (1961) analysis of the long-term profitability of free workers in contrast to slave labor debunks the causality of racism through the context of sustaining new agricultural colonies in America. Williams’…

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