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Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism

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Edward Baptist Lecture Photo

Professor Edward Baptist discussed the role of slavery in the production of cotton for the global textile industry at a Boisi Center lecture on October 4. The American system of captialism is rooted in American slavery, according to Baptist.

Baptist event

Boston College Professor Martin Summers (AADS, far right) provided a compelling response drawing connections between the use of slaves by financial institutions and the targeting of black and brown peoples in the subprime mortage scandal of the Great Recession. 

Baptist meets with student