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Plantation accounting and management practices in the US and the British West Indies at the end of their slavery eras

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Richard Fleischman, Professor David McCollum-Oldroyd, Professor Thomas Tyson


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This paper examines comparatively the slavery systems of the United States and the British West Indies before and after their respective emancipations. The primary focus is on how differential factors in the two plantation economies, such as racial control, labour structures, and governmental mandates, impacted the development of accounting and those performing accounting functions. Other factors, such as plantation size and ownership structure, not only influenced accounting practices but management issues as well. These factors resulted in accounting’s substantially greater development in the British Caribbean, both in terms of the number of practitioners and the volume and uniformity of accounting records.

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Author(s): Fleischman RK, Oldroyd D, Tyson T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Economic History Review

Year: 2011

Volume: 64

Issue: 3

Pages: 765-797

Print publication date: 14/02/2011

ISSN (print): 0013-0117

ISSN (electronic): 1468-0289

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell


DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-0289.2010.00548.x


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