The Half Has Never Been Told

The Half Has Never Been Told

Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

Streaming Audiobook - 2014
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In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E. Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves, giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw material of the Industrial Revolution. As Baptist argues, this frenzy of speculation and economic expansion transformed the United States into a modern capitalist nation. Based on thousands of slave narratives and plantation records, The Half Has Never Been Told offers not only a radical revision of the history of slavery but a disturbing new understanding of the origins of American power that compels listeners to reckon with the violence and subjugation at the root of American supremacy.
Publisher: [United States] : Blackstone Audio, Inc. : Made available through hoopla, 2014
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781483030647
1483030644
Branch Call Number: E-AUDIOBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (19hr., 45 min.)) : digital

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Kyra_Audiophile Sep 12, 2016

Fascinating non-fiction work about slavery's essential role in the economic development throughout the US during antebellum period, and how it influenced political choices of the time.
This is the type of history that isn't taught in schools yet should be required reading!
If your interest in the African-American experience has been piqued by other works, this is a must-read!

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