The half has never been told : slavery and the making of American capitalism / Edward E. Baptist.
New York : Basic Books, a member of the Perseus Books Group, 
xxvii, 498 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Formatted Contents Note
Introduction: The heart, 1937 Feet, 1783-1810 Heads, 1791-1815 Right hand, 1815-1819 Left hand, 1805-1861 Tongues, 1819-1824 Breath, 1824-1835 Seed, 1829-1837 Blood, 1836-1844 Backs, 1839-1850 Arms, 1850-1861 Afterword: The corpse, 1861-1937.
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 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. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence. -- Provided by publisher.
Bibliography, etc. Note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 427-486) and index.