Historians have long recognized that the southern economy shifted from tobacco and indigo cultivation toward cotton and sugar in the late 18th century. A new book examines this revolutionary economic change and how free and enslaved Louisianans experienced it.
The Times takes clothiers to task for exploiting workers in textile factories.
by Eric Herschthal
Sven Beckert’s remarkable and unsettling new book, "Empire of Cotton: A Global History," puts capitalism in a new light.
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