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The half has never been told : slavery and the making of American capitalism

Author: Edward E Baptist
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, [2014]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Historian Edward Baptist reveals how the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States.
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Edward E Baptist
ISBN: 9780465002962 046500296X 9780465044702 0465044700
OCLC Number: 881560332
Description: xxvii, 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The heart : 1937 --
Feet : 1783-1810 --
Heads : 1791-1815 --
Right hand : 1815-1819 --
Left hand : 1805-1861 --
Tongues : 1819-1824 --
Breath : 1824-1835 --
Seed : 1829-1837 --
Blood : 1836-1844 --
Backs : 1839-1850 --
Arms : 1850-1861 --
Afterword: The corpse : 1861-1937.
Responsibility: Edward E. Baptist.
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An important and eye-opening book.

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