"We need to qualify the fairy tale we like to tell about capitalism and free labor," argues Harvard historian Sven Beckert, author of the new book, "Empire of Cotton." In part two of his essay on Making Sen$e, he explores…
By Sven Beckert
For too long, historian Sven Beckert argues, historians have depicted slavery as a non-capitalist "Southern pathology." In his new book, "Empire of Cotton," Beckert shows how slavery was actually at the very roots of modern American capitalism.
By Sven Beckert
Among the devastating effects of the Japanese tsunami in March was the destruction of thousands of acres of rice paddies. One project aims to make use of those saltwater-soaked fields.
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Farming in India has become difficult and costly, leading to thousands of farmers taking their own lives. The NewsHour reports on why the industry has become so challenging and what farmers are doing to get through this tough period.
Although slavery was abolished in New York City in 1827, residents remained divided on the issue through the Civil War. NewsHour correspondent Gwen Ifill talks with historian James Horton about slavery's impact on the future of New York.
The World Trade Organization ruled Friday that U.S. subsidies to cotton farmers are unfair to producers in Brazil, but the United States said it will appeal the decision.
The World Trade Organization handed Brazil a key victory Monday when the international body ruled against the United States and its subsidies to cotton farmers.
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