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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -Book
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism -Book
 
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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 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. Until the Civil War, Baptist
explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make
slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners
extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans.
Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key
raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with
global influence.

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