Department of History

Seymour Drescher

  • Distinguished University Professor Emeritus

Representative Publications

Dilemmas of Democracy: Tocqueville and Modernization (Pittsburgh 1968)

Econocide: British Slavery in the Era of Abolition (London/New York, 1986/2010)

The Mighty Experiment: Free Labor vs. Slavery in British Emancipation (New York, Oxford, 2002) Frederick Douglas Book Prize

Abolition: A History of Slavery and Antislavery (New York/Cambridge, 2009)

Co-ed. Cambridge World History of Slavery: Vol 4, 1804-Present (New York/Cambridge, forthcoming, 2017)


Confrontation: Paris 1968, with Eugene McCreary (1970)

Research Interests

Alexis de Tocqueville, Slavery and Abolition in global perspective