AUTHOR EVENT: Edward Baptist

04/25/2015 1:00 am

Join us on April 25, 2015, at 1PM for an author event with Dr. Edward Baptist, Penn alumn and professor of history at Cornell University, for a discussion about his new book The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (2014, Basic Books).

From the publisher: "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."

"The real takeaway from this thoughtful, unsettling history: 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, Best Nonfiction Books of 2014

"A compelling case for recognizing slavery as fundamental to the rise of the United States." -- Guardian Australia, Best Books of 2014

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POEM of the DAY

Friday, April, 24th, 2015


It sounded as if the Streets were running

And then – the Streets stood still -

Eclipse – was all we could see at the Window

And Awe – was all we could feel.

By and by – the boldest stole out of his Covert

To see if Time was there -

Nature was an Opal Apron,

Mixing fresher Air.

                                      Emily Dickinson


                              from The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson 



ISBN-13: 9780316184137
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Back Bay Books, 1/1976

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