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’1619,’ Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

’1619,’ Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

Update: 2019-08-3164
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Today on “The Daily,” we present Episode 2 of “1619,” a New York Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones. You can find more information about it at nytimes.com/1619podcast.

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. Guests: 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.”

This episode includes scenes of graphic violence.

Background reading:

  • “As the large slave-labor camps grew increasingly efficient, enslaved black people became America’s first modern workers,” Matthew Desmond writes.
  • The “1619” audio series is part of The 1619 Project, a major initiative from The Times observing the 400th anniversary of the beginning of American slavery. Read more from the project here.
Comments (12)

Ryan Pena

love seeing all the trolls get triggered because the NYT has the balls to teach Americans more about their own history. we all know slavery was a terrible thing but we all need to realize how much this country was built on that racist institution so that we can learn from it and never go back to acts like those

Sep 3rd
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Thomas Franklin

THANKS NYT. now I learned slavery was bad, thanks! also, fuck banks. fuck every president to bail out automakers, banks, and walstreet

Sep 1st
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DeLinda Armstrong

Thank you for the 1619 series. Our history is hard to hear, but the only way to recovery is acknowledgement and forgiveness. People might have more respect for each other if we were taught our entire history (from different perspectives) beginning in elementary school.

Aug 31st
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NK

Maybe I missed it in the podcast, but what is the title of the poem at the end of the episode and who is the writer? Absolutely heartbreaking.

Aug 31st
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Yeet Yeet Comin Thru

Cotton was not first it was tobacco. But who cares about facts these days

Aug 31st
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jersey2777

thank you

Aug 31st
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’1619,’ Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built

’1619,’ Episode 2: The Economy That Slavery Built