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By Mark M. Smith

Mastered through the Clock is the 1st paintings to discover the evolution of clock-based time realization within the American South. demanding conventional assumptions concerning the plantation economy's reliance on a premodern, nature-based notion of time, Mark M. Smith indicates how and why southerners--particularly masters and their slaves--came to view the clock as a sound arbiter of time. Drawing on a unprecedented variety of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century archival assets, Smith demonstrates that white southern slaveholders started to include this new feel of time within the 1830s. prompted via colonial retailers' fascination with time thrift, by means of a long-held familiarity with city, public time, through the delivery and industry revolution within the South, and by way of their very own certified embody of modernity, slaveowners started to buy timepieces in growing to be numbers, adopting a clock-based perception of time and trying in flip to instill an identical awareness of their slaves. yet, forbidden to possess watches themselves, slaves didn't internalize this concept to a similar measure as their masters, and slaveholders stumbled on themselves based as a lot at the whip as at the clock while imposing slaves' obedience to time. mockingly, Smith exhibits, freedom principally consolidated the dependence of masters in addition to freedpeople at the clock.

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