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By Mark M. Smith

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

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