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

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

by Edward E. Baptist

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780465049660
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Edition description: First Trade Paper Edition
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 15,409
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Edward E. Baptist is an professor of history at Cornell University. Author of the award-winning Creating an Old South, he lives in Ithaca, New York.

Table of Contents


Introduction: The Heart, 1937

1. Feet
1783–1810

2. Heads
1791–1815

3. Right Hand
1815–1819

4. Left Hand
1805–1861

5. Tongues
1819–1824

6. Breath
1824–1835

7. Seed
1829–1837

8. Blood
1836–1844

9. Backs
1839–1850

10. Arms
1850–1861

11. Afterword: The Corpse
1861–1937

Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes
Index

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