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How Our Modern Way of Life Is Built on a Long Legacy of #Slavery

How Our Modern Way of Life Is Built on a Long Legacy of #Slavery | Anti-Exploitation | Scoop.it
TomDispatch             /               By Greg Grandin, introduction by Adam Hochschild How the bodies of slaves became something on which our world was built — the advance of modern medicine &nbs...
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Slavery was the cornerstone of the modern world in more ways than we can imagine today. The structure of banking, insurance, and credit that underlies international commerce, for instance, has its origins, at least in part, in the “triangle trade”: slaves being transported from Africa to the Americas; slave-cultivated products like cotton and sugar traveling from the Americas to Europe; and trading goods meant to buy yet more slaves moving from Europe to Africa. Because a voyage on any leg of that triangle might last months and risked shipwreck, bankers, merchants, and ship owners wanted systems that both guaranteed payment for losses and protected their investments.

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Do you know how Ida B. Wells has affected our lives?

Do you know how Ida B. Wells has affected our lives? | Anti-Exploitation | Scoop.it
by Andrew Bozeman Why do we need so-called Black history? Because we need to be immersed in stories and histories of our people so that we can experience ourselves in our many ways of being, achiev...
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Ida B. Wells began aggressively investigating lynching incidents. This led to her publishing her first book, “Southern Horrors: Lynch Law in All Its Phases.” In her book, she wrote that lynching was “an excuse to get rid of Negroes who were acquiring wealth and property and thus keep the race terrorized.”

She also began promoting the idea that African Americans should leave the “town of murderers” and move west. This began a mass movement of African Americans to Oklahoma, causing white businesses to suffer a dramatic loss of business and workers.

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29 million people enslaved, says first global index on slavery

29 million people enslaved, says first global index on slavery | Anti-Exploitation | Scoop.it
Survey attempts to measure modern-day slavery country by country, and campaigners plan to use data to tackle the problem
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More than 29 million people are living in slavery, according to the first index to attempt to measure the scale of modern-day slavery on a country-by-country basis.

The index, published by the Walk Free Foundation on Thursday, ranks 162 countries and identifies risk factors for enslavement and the government responses.

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