Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

by Nikole Hannah-Jones

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August 30, 2019

The institution of slavery turned a poor, fledgling nation into a financial powerhouse, and the cotton plantation was America’s first big business. Behind the system, and built into it, was the whip. On today’s episode: Matthew Desmond, a contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and the author of “Evicted,” and Jesmyn Ward, the author of “Sing, Unburied, Sing.”

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Creator:

Nikole Hannah-Jones

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Matthew Desmond, Jesmyn Ward

Year:

2019

Language:

English

Tagged:

Cotton, Enslavement, Slave trade, US