The Half Has Never Been Told Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Half Has Never Been Told


  • Author : Edward E Baptist
  • Publisher : Basic Books
  • Release Date : 2016-10-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465097685

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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 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.

The Half Has Never Been Told Book
Score: 4
From 9 Ratings

The Half Has Never Been Told


  • Author : Edward E Baptist
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2016-10-25
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780465097685

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The Half Has Never Been Told Excerpt :

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 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.

Creating an Old South Book

Creating an Old South


  • Author : Edward E. Baptist
  • Publisher : Univ of North Carolina Press
  • Release Date : 2003-04-03
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 408
  • ISBN 10 : 9780807860038

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Set on the antebellum southern frontier, this book uses the history of two counties in Florida's panhandle to tell the story of the migrations, disruptions, and settlements that made the plantation South. Soon after the United States acquired Florida from Spain in 1821, migrants from older southern states began settling the land that became Jackson and Leon Counties. Slaves, torn from family and community, were forced to carve plantations from the woods of Middle Florida, while planters and less wealthy white men battled over the social, political, and economic institutions of their new society. Conflict between white men became full-scale crisis in the 1840s, but when sectional conflict seemed to threaten slavery, the whites of Middle Florida found common ground. In politics and everyday encounters, they enshrined the ideal of white male equality--and black inequality. To mask their painful memories of crisis, the planter elite told themselves that their society had been transplanted from older states without conflict. But this myth of an "Old," changeless South only papered over the struggles that transformed slave society in the course of its expansion. In fact, that myth continues to shroud from our view the plantation frontier, the very engine of conflict that had led to the myth's creation.

The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism  1815 1860 Book
Score: 3
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The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism 1815 1860


  • Author : Jack Lawrence Schermerhorn
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2015-01-01
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 336
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300192001

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The Business of Slavery and the Rise of American Capitalism 1815 1860 Excerpt :

"Focuses on networks of people, information, conveyances, and other resources and technologies that moved slave-based products from suppliers to buyers and users." (page 3) The book examines the credit and financial systems that grew up around trade in slaves and products made by slaves.

American Capitalism Book

American Capitalism


  • Author : Edward E. Baptist
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • Release Date : 2017-05-23
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 464
  • ISBN 10 : 9781501171307

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American Capitalism Excerpt :

From Cornell University Professors Louis Hyman and Edward E. Baptist, a collection of the most relevant readings on the history of capitalism in America, created to accompany their EdX course "American Capitalism: A Reader." To understand the past and especially our own times, arguably no story is as essential to get right as the history of capitalism. Nearly all of our theories about promoting progress come from how we interpret the economic changes of the last 500 years. This past decade's crises continue to remind us just how much capitalism changes, even as basic features like wage labor, financial markets, private property, and entrepreneurs endure. While capitalism has a global history, the United States plays a special role in that story. "American Capitalism: A Reader" will help you to understand how the United States became the world's leading economic power, while revealing essential lessons about what has been and what will be possible in capitalism's ongoing revolution. Combining a wealth of essential readings, introductions by Professors Baptist and Hyman, and questions to help guide readers through the materials and broader subject, this course reader will prepare students to think critically about the history of capitalism in America.

They Were Her Property Book
Score: 4
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They Were Her Property


  • Author : Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers
  • Publisher : Yale University Press
  • Release Date : 2020-01-07
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780300251838

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They Were Her Property Excerpt :

Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in History A bold and searing investigation into the role of white women in the American slave economy “Compelling.”—Renee Graham, Boston Globe “Stunning.”—Rebecca Onion, Slate “Makes a vital contribution to our understanding of our past and present.”—Parul Sehgal, New York Times Bridging women’s history, the history of the South, and African American history, this book makes a bold argument about the role of white women in American slavery. Historian Stephanie E. Jones-Rogers draws on a variety of sources to show that slave‑owning women were sophisticated economic actors who directly engaged in and benefited from the South’s slave market. Because women typically inherited more slaves than land, enslaved people were often their primary source of wealth. Not only did white women often refuse to cede ownership of their slaves to their husbands, they employed management techniques that were as effective and brutal as those used by slave‑owning men. White women actively participated in the slave market, profited from it, and used it for economic and social empowerment. By examining the economically entangled lives of enslaved people and slave‑owning women, Jones-Rogers presents a narrative that forces us to rethink the economics and social conventions of slaveholding America.

In the Presence of Mine Enemies Book
Score: 4
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In the Presence of Mine Enemies


  • Author : Edward L. Ayers
  • Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company
  • Release Date : 2004
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 472
  • ISBN 10 : 0393326012

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In the Presence of Mine Enemies Excerpt :

Reassessing the history of the Civil War, a leading historian chronicles the path to war in the Great Valley spanning Pennsylvania and Virginia, capturing the experience of war in this borderland in the lives of both everyday people and the individuals who changed the course of American history. Winner of the Bancroft Prize. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.

The Half That s Never Been Told Book
Score: 3.5
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The Half That s Never Been Told


  • Author : Doctor Dread
  • Publisher : Akashic Books
  • Release Date : 2015-03-03
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781617752902

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The Half That s Never Been Told Excerpt :

A passionate memoir and fearless behind-the-scenes look at the personal lives of the biggest reggae stars in the world.

Slavery s Capitalism Book
Score: 5
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Slavery s Capitalism


  • Author : Sven Beckert
  • Publisher : University of Pennsylvania Press
  • Release Date : 2016-07-28
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 416
  • ISBN 10 : 9780812293098

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Slavery s Capitalism Excerpt :

During the nineteenth century, the United States entered the ranks of the world's most advanced and dynamic economies. At the same time, the nation sustained an expansive and brutal system of human bondage. This was no mere coincidence. Slavery's Capitalism argues for slavery's centrality to the emergence of American capitalism in the decades between the Revolution and the Civil War. According to editors Sven Beckert and Seth Rockman, the issue is not whether slavery itself was or was not capitalist but, rather, the impossibility of understanding the nation's spectacular pattern of economic development without situating slavery front and center. American capitalism—renowned for its celebration of market competition, private property, and the self-made man—has its origins in an American slavery predicated on the abhorrent notion that human beings could be legally owned and compelled to work under force of violence. Drawing on the expertise of sixteen scholars who are at the forefront of rewriting the history of American economic development, Slavery's Capitalism identifies slavery as the primary force driving key innovations in entrepreneurship, finance, accounting, management, and political economy that are too often attributed to the so-called free market. Approaching the study of slavery as the originating catalyst for the Industrial Revolution and modern capitalism casts new light on American credit markets, practices of offshore investment, and understandings of human capital. Rather than seeing slavery as outside the institutional structures of capitalism, the essayists recover slavery's importance to the American economic past and prompt enduring questions about the relationship of market freedom to human freedom. Contributors: Edward E. Baptist, Sven Beckert, Daina Ramey Berry, Kathryn Boodry, Alfred L. Brophy, Stephen Chambers, Eric Kimball, John Majewski, Bonnie Martin, Seth Rockman, Daniel B. Rood, Caitlin Rosenthal, Joshua D. Rothman, Calvin Schermerh

Accounting for Slavery Book

Accounting for Slavery


  • Author : Caitlin Rosenthal
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-09-15
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 295
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674241657

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Accounting for Slavery Excerpt :

Caitlin Rosenthal explores quantitative management practices on West Indian and Southern plantations, showing how planter-capitalists built sophisticated organizations and used complex accounting tools. By demonstrating that business innovation can be a byproduct of bondage Rosenthal further erodes the false boundary between capitalism and slavery.

Unrequited Toil Book

Unrequited Toil


  • Author : Calvin Schermerhorn
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2018-08-16
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 264
  • ISBN 10 : 9781107027664

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Unrequited Toil Excerpt :

Introduces the essential history of slavery from the American Revolution to post-Civil War Reconstruction in twelve thematic chapters.

The 1619 Project  A Critique Book

The 1619 Project A Critique


  • Author : Phillip W. Magness
  • Publisher : American Institute for Economic Research
  • Release Date : 2020-04-07
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 138
  • ISBN 10 : 9781630692018

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The 1619 Project A Critique Excerpt :

”When I first weighed in upon the New York Times’ 1619 Project, I was struck by its conflicted messaging. Comprising an entire magazine feature and a sizable advertising budget, the newspaper’s initiative conveyed a serious attempt to engage the public in an intellectual exchange about the history of slavery in the United States and its lingering harms to our social fabric. It also seemed to avoid the superficiality of many public history initiatives, which all too often reduce over 400 complex years of slavery’s history and legacy to sweeping generalizations. Instead, the Times promised detailed thematic explorations of topics ranging from the first slave ship’s arrival in Jamestown, Virginia, in 1619 to the politics of race in the present day. At the same time, however, certain 1619 Project essayists infused this worthy line of inquiry with a heavy stream of ideological advocacy. Times reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones announced this political intention openly, pairing progressive activism with the initiative’s stated educational purposes. In assembling these essays, I make no claim of resolving what continues to be a vibrant and ongoing discussion. Neither should my work be viewed as the final arbiter of historical accuracy, though I do evaluate a number of factual and interpretive claims made by the project’s authors. Rather, the aim is to provide an accessible resource for readers wishing to navigate the scholarly disputes, offering my own interpretive take on claims pertaining to areas of history in which I have worked." -- Phil Magness

Queen of Sheba Book

Queen of Sheba


  • Author : Mattie M. Hon
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2015-07-07
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 1631225286

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Queen of Sheba Excerpt :

The peace of the mystical dream that abruptly broke the cycle of terror remained with the Queen. She certainly did not understand what had happened. What was behind such power, such kindness, such redemptive aid? She considered the amazing moment of peace she enjoyed. She wanted to know who or what was behind the unusual encounter. To live the rest of her life with the companionship of tranquility and hope would be beyond imagination, she thought to herself. Whoever could be privileged to live in such a way? This historical novel will take your heart by storm as you experience the trials, triumphs, and poignant love story of the extraordinary Queen who dared to search for truth. The transformational journey found in Queen of Sheba reveals the metamorphosis of the monarch of a powerful and affluent country into a revolutionary ruler who impacted history. Her pilgrimage will fascinate and inspire you as it has people of many nations for thousands of years. Join the Queen on her quest, and you may never be the same.

River of Dark Dreams Book

River of Dark Dreams


  • Author : Walter Johnson
  • Publisher : Harvard University Press
  • Release Date : 2013-02-26
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : 560
  • ISBN 10 : 9780674074903

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River of Dark Dreams Excerpt :

River of Dark Dreams places the Cotton Kingdom at the center of worldwide webs of exchange and exploitation that extended across oceans and drove an insatiable hunger for new lands. This bold reaccounting dramatically alters our understanding of American slavery and its role in U.S. expansionism, global capitalism, and the upcoming Civil War.

Capitalism and Slavery Book

Capitalism and Slavery


  • Author : Eric Williams
  • Publisher : Lulu Press, Inc
  • Release Date : 2015-09-17
  • Genre: History
  • Pages : null
  • ISBN 10 : 9781329560086

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Capitalism and Slavery Excerpt :

The present study is an attempt to place in historical perspective the relationship between early capitalism as exemplified by Great Britain, and the Negro slave trade, Negro slavery and the general colonial trade of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. It is strictly an economic study of the role of Negro slavery and the slave trade in providing the capital which financed the Industrial Revolution in England and of mature industrial capitalism in destroying the slave system.