The Half Has Never Been Told

By Edward E. Baptist,

Book cover of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

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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…

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What psychologists like me and historians have in common is a deep understanding that the past matters.  Past events shape our perceptions of the present and our expectations for the future. To understand the contemporary persistence of racism and racial inequality you have to know what happened in the past. Learning more about the establishment of slavery as a business practice foundational to the American economy is a good place to start. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward Baptist is a riveting historical account of both the brutal realities of enslavement…

From Beverly's list on why racism persists.

The Industrial Revolution of the U.S. could not have taken place without the disenfranchisement of Black Americans. Forced remedial labor under restrictive covenants and Jim Crow ensured oppression. The forced labor of Black Americans and stolen lands of Tribal nations has been the constant leverage used to catapult the U.S. into the quintessential superpower. Edward Baptist, the author provides the reader with a thorough mathematical analysis of how the plantations of the Southeast and the non-Union jobs of the Northeast laid the foundation of the current capitalist economy. Driven by greed, the book outlines in detail how a sequence of…

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