In The Half Has Never Been Told, historian Edward E.
Baptist reveals the alarming extent to which slavery shaped our country
politically, morally, and most of all, economically. Until the Civil War, our
chief form of innovation was slavery. Through forced migration and torture,
slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from their slaves,
giving the country a virtual monopoly on the production of cotton, a key raw
material of the Industrial Revolution.
As Baptist argues, this frenzy of speculation and economic
expansion transformed the United States into a modern capitalist nation. Based
on thousands of slave narratives and plantation records, The Half Has Never
Been Told offers not only a radical revision of the history of slavery but
a disturbing new understanding of the origins of American power that compels listeners
to reckon with the violence and subjugation at the root of American supremacy. Download and start listening now!