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, Ron Butler (Read by)

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Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American Historians

Winner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize

A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America's economic supremacy was built on the backs of enslaved people

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 the intimate testimonies of survivors of slavery, plantation records, newspapers, as well as the words of politicians and entrepreneurs, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781668600757
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Publication date: 09/14/2021
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.70(h) x 1.90(d)

About the Author

Edward E. Baptist is a 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

2. Heads

3. Right Hand

4. Left Hand

5. Tongues

6. Breath

7. Seed

8. Blood

9. Backs

10. Arms

11. Afterword: The Corpse


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