Capitalism and Commodification

Everyone’s late to dinner last night, except the cats, who are never late to dinner, so I lie on the floor and finish reading Edward E. Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Spoiler alert: there’s no laugh-aloud sections in this lengthy book.

Although I consider myself at least mediocrely educated, the book was a revelation to me — a enormous swathe of history, like Hemingway’s submerged iceberg, still mightily driving along our society.

Here’s a two-line excerpt.

The idea that the commodification and suffering and forced labor of African Americans is what made the United States powerful and rich is not an idea that people necessarily are happy to hear. Yet it is the truth.


Meanwhile, little pumpkins in Vermont.


4 thoughts on “Capitalism and Commodification

  1. Thank you for giving this work more exposure. I heartily suggest for a likewise Native American revelation the book, “Neither Wolf Nor Dog”, by Kent Nerburn. I have no relation (financial or otherwise) with this author or publisher, but my life and children have benefited greatly. GT

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