“River of Dark Dreams: Slavery Empire in the Cotton Kingdom” a one hour special with Harvard University history professor Walter Johnson. From the days of slavery to the start of the civil war, Professor Johnson discussed the inter-connection with slavery and the building of empire on both sides of the Atlantic; the expansionist vision of the slave holding class; the remaking of Mississippi from forested lands to cotton plantations; the centrality of slavery to capitalism and the global economy, jails for slaves and the continuum with today’s mass incarceration.

ON World Possibilities | September 26, 2013 | 5:00 am

River of Dark Dreams

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“River of Dark Dreams: Slavery Empire in the Cotton Kingdom” a one hour special with Harvard University history professor Walter Johnson. From the days of slavery to the start of the civil war, Professor Johnson discussed the inter-connection with slavery and the building of empire on both sides of the Atlantic; the expansionist vision of the slave holding class; the remaking of Mississippi from forested lands to cotton plantations; the centrality of slavery to capitalism and the global economy, jails for slaves and the continuum with today’s mass incarceration.

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