1619: Rethinking the economic history of America (2)

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Have you ever thought about parallels between the Panic of 1837 and the economic crash of the early 2000s? In episode two of 1619, “The Economy that Slavery Built,” Nikole Hannah-Jones disrupts mainstream narratives about the economic history of America. She takes listeners through the violent taking of land from Indigenous peoples for cotton fields, the invention of the cotton gin and what it meant for enslaved workers, capitalist strategies with histories of abuse, and a trip home to Greenwood.

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