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Slavery And The Making Of American Capitalism - WAMC

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  Historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told that slavery and its expansion were central to the evolution and modernization of our nation in the 18th and 19th centuries, catapulting the US into a modern, industrial and capitalist economy. 

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Slave Labor: The Biggest Challenge for the Textile Industry in Brazil | Internet Billboards

Slave Labor: The Biggest Challenge for the Textile Industry in Brazil | Internet Billboards | real utopias | Scoop.it

Across the world, people migrate to more developed places in search of better employment. They seek to improve upon the quality of life that they lead in their small towns and cities. Brazil is no different; everyday people move to bigger cities in search of better work prospects.

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The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery?

The Prison Industry in the United States: Big Business or a New Form of Slavery? | real utopias | Scoop.it

Human rights organizations, as well as political and social ones, are condemning what they are calling a new form of inhumane exploitation in the United States, where they say a prison population of up to 2 million – mostly Black and Hispanic – are working for various industries for a pittance. For the tycoons who have invested in the prison industry, it has been like finding a pot of gold. They don’t have to worry about strikes or paying unemployment insurance, vacations or comp time. All of their workers are full-time, and never arrive late or are absent because of family problems; moreover, if they don’t like the pay of 25 cents an hour and refuse to work, they are locked up in isolation cells.

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Shackles and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America's ... - Truth-Out

Shackles and Ivy: The Secret History of How Slavery Helped Build America's ... - Truth-Out | real utopias | Scoop.it

A new book 10 years in the making examines how many major U.S. universities — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Dartmouth, Rutgers, Williams and the University of North Carolina, among others — are drenched in the sweat, and sometimes the blood, of Africans brought to the United States as slaves. In "Ebony & Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of America’s Universities," Massachusetts Institute of Technology American history professor Craig Steven Wilder reveals how the slave economy and higher education grew up together. "When you think about the colonial world, until the American Revolution, there is only one college in the South, William & Mary ... The other eight colleges were all Northern schools, and they’re actually located in key sites, for the most part, of the merchant economy where the slave traders had come to power and rose as the financial and intellectual backers of new culture of the colonies," Wilder says.

 

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Economist, specialized in political economy and peer-to-peer dynamics; core member of the P2P Foundation