The story we tell about slavery is almost always regional, rather than national. We remember it as a cruel institution of the southern states that would later secede from the Union. Slavery, in this telling, appears limited in scope, an unfortunate detour on the nation’s march to modernity, and certainly not the engine of American economic prosperity.
Yet to understand slavery’s centrality to the rise of American capitalism, just consider the history of an antebellum Alabama dry-goods outfit called Lehman Brothers or a Rhode Island textile manufacturer that would become the antecedent firm of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.
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Petition started by Rosa Clemente to force Nicki Minaj and Young Money to remove the photo of Malcolm X they have used to promote her new single. The use of this image is nothing short of ridiculous. And if she/they did it to create a buzz so they could sell more records, it’s even lower…