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1619 – a NY Times Audio Series examining the impact of slavery: #2 – The Economy That Slavery Built


Important Note

There are concerns over factual accuracy and bias in this series, so accept it as a perspective, but one that may not be factual in all respects.

This episode – The Economy That Slavery Built

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.

“1619” is a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

NB; Transcript is at NY Times Link

About this podcast

Four hundred years ago, in August 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the English colony of Virginia. No aspect of the country that would be formed here has been untouched by the 250 years of slavery that followed.

“1619,” a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones, examines the long shadow of that fateful moment.

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