The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Compact Disc)

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Terrifying intersections of slavery with capitalism, politics, and economics between 1790 and 1860 are revealed in glaring light. That human bondage and torture actually spurred profits pulverizes trite falsehoods of kindly southern gentry and fawning, respectful slaves. — Mike Hare


A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution -- the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.

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ISBN: 9781668600757
ISBN-10: 1668600757
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication Date: September 14th, 2021
Language: English