By Mark M. Smith
Mastered by means of the Clock is the 1st paintings to discover the evolution of clock-based time cognizance within the American South. hard conventional assumptions concerning the plantation economy's reliance on a premodern, nature-based notion of time, Mark M. Smith exhibits how and why southerners—particularly masters and their slaves—came to view the clock as a valid arbiter of time.Drawing on a rare diversity of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century archival assets, Smith demonstrates that white southern slaveholders started to contain this new experience of time within the 1830s. prompted through colonial retailers' fascination with time thrift, by way of a long-held familiarity with city, public time, by way of 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 turning out to be numbers, adopting a clock-based notion of time and trying in flip to instill the same attention of their slaves.But, forbidden to possess watches themselves, slaves didn't internalize this concept to an analogous measure as their masters, and slaveholders came upon themselves established as a lot at the whip as at the clock whilst implementing slaves' obedience to time. satirically, Smith exhibits, freedom mostly consolidated the dependence of masters in addition to freedpeople at the clock.