The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

4.42 avg rating
( 1,897 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780465049660: The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

A sweeping, authoritative history of the expansion of slavery in America, showing how forced migrations radically altered the nation's economic, political, and cultural landscape.
Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution--the nation's original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America's later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy.
Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.

Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American Historians

Winner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize

Bloomberg View Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2014

Daily Beast Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

About the Author:

Edward E. Baptist is an associate professor of history at Cornell University. Author of the award-winning Creating an Old South, he lives in Ithaca, New York.

Review:

"The overwhelming power of the stories that Baptist recounts, and the plantation-level statistics he's compiled, give his book the power of truth and revelation."
Los Angeles Times

"Thoughtful, unsettling.... Baptist turns the long-accepted argument that slavery was economically inefficient on its head, and argues that it was an integral part of America's economic rise."―Daily Beast

"Wonderful.... Baptist provides meticulous, extensive, and comprehensive evidence that capitalism and the wealth it created was absolutely dependent on the forced labor of Africans and African-Americans, downplaying culturalist arguments for Western prosperity."―Nation

"By far the finest account of the deep interplay of the slave trade...and the development of the U.S. economy."―Stephen L. Carter

"Baptist has a knack for explaining complex financial matters in lucid prose.... The Half Has Never Been Told's underlying argument is persuasive."―New York Times Book Review

"Baptist's real achievement is to ground these financial abstractions in the lives of ordinary people. In vivid passages, he describes the sights, smells and suffering of slavery. He writes about individual families torn apart by global markets. Above all, Baptist sets out to show how America's rise to power is inextricable from the suffering of black slaves."―Salon

"You cannot understand the economy of the U.S. - or even of the world -without an understanding of how its development was driven by 19th century slavery. This book gives you that, in a stunningly readable, heartbreaking form. Genius."―Mark Bittman, Omnivoracious

"It taught me so much about slavery and how slavery enabled America to become America. Every time I left my house after reading, I saw the world differently. I saw the legacy of human misery underpinning it all."―Jesmyn War, author of Salvage the Bones and Men We Reaped

"Baptist has a fleet, persuasive take on the materialist underpinnings of the 'peculiar institution.'"―Colson Whitehead, Mashable

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Baptist, Edward E
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
GreatBookPrices
(Columbia, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 24363132-n

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.09
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 2.64
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Basic Books (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Paperback Quantity Available: 3
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Basic Books, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # 0465049664

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 12.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Basic Books (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Save With Sam
(North Miami, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Basic Books, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Brand New!. Bookseller Inventory # 0465049664

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.74
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.00
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Edward E. Baptist
Published by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution,the nation s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told , the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American HistoriansWinner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize Bloomberg View Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2014 Daily Beast Best Nonfiction Books of 2014. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780465049660

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 15.08
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Perseus Books Group (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Quantity Available: 4
Seller:
Pbshop
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perseus Books Group, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book.Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # IB-9780465049660

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.66
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Perseus Books Group (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Paperbackshop-US
(Wood Dale, IL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Perseus Books Group, 2016. PAP. Book Condition: New. New Book. Shipped from US within 10 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000. Bookseller Inventory # KB-9780465049660

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 11.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Basic Books 10/25/2016 (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 2
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Basic Books 10/25/2016, 2016. Paperback or Softback. Book Condition: New. The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism. Book. Bookseller Inventory # BBS-9780465049660

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Edward E. Baptist
Published by INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United States (2016)
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US, United States, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution,the nation s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told , the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. Winner of the 2015 Avery O. Craven Prize from the Organization of American HistoriansWinner of the 2015 Sidney Hillman Prize Bloomberg View Top Ten Nonfiction Books of 2014 Daily Beast Best Nonfiction Books of 2014. Bookseller Inventory # AA29780465049660

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 16.39
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Basic Books
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465049664. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465049664ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Baptist, Edward E.
Published by Basic Books
ISBN 10: 0465049664 ISBN 13: 9780465049660
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Basic Books. PAPERBACK. Book Condition: New. 0465049664. Bookseller Inventory # Z0465049664ZN

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
US$ 17.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book