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The Half has Never Been Told, by Edward E Baptist

The Half has Never Been Told, by Edward E Baptist

Just starting an important history book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, by Edward E Baptist. It’s excellent so far, especially in bringing voices normally left out of histories to the fore: slaves. Their thoughts, their viewpoints. It’s admirable work by the author in putting that together, which can’t be easy, for obvious reasons. Difficult reading so far. Not because it’s intellectually complex or loaded with jargon. This isn’t quantum physics, one scientist…

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Charles the Liberator

Charles the Liberator

Much has been made recently of the fact that Lincoln and Darwin share a birthday. Two hundred years ago, this past Thursday. A new book talks about another thing they share. Their hatred of slavery. It sounds like a great read. Here’s a short excerpt from the introduction:     Darwin’s Sacred Cause How a Hatred of Slavery Shaped Darwin’s Views on Human Evolution By Adrian Desmond & James Moore Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. 448 pp. $30 Feb. 15,…

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