Seth Rockman is a specialist in nineteenth-century United States history, with a focus on the relationship of slavery and capitalism in American economic and social development. His 2009 book Scraping By: Wage Labor, Slavery, and Survival in Early Baltimore won the Merle Curti Prize from the Organization of American Historians, the Philip Taft Labor History Book Award, and the H.L. Mitchell Prize from the Southern Historical Association. Rockman is currently writing a book about shoes, shovels, hats, and hoes manufactured in the North for use on Southern slave plantations. He and Sven Beckert are co-editing Slavery’s Capitalism: A New History of American Economic Development. A preview of this work appeared on the Bloomberg News Echoes blog in January 2012. Rockman has a Ph.D. in history from the University of California-Davis and a B.A. in history from Columbia University.