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Slave Breeding

Slave breeding. Is this why so many of us with different surnames and from different states resemble each other? Does anyway plan to read the following book?:

Bridgewater, Pamela D., Breeding a Nation: Reproductive Slavery, the Thirteenth Amendment, and the Pursuit of Freedom,
Cambridge, Mass: South End Press, Feb 2008.

A sentence from the Editorial Reviews on Amazon.

Breeding a Nation explores a much-denied episode in US history-the deliberate "growing" of humans as a crop for sale. In 2008, two hundred years will have passed since the transatlantic slave trade was outlawed-ironically a victory that caused massive escalation in reproductive coercion. Once the flow of Africans to the United States was cut off, the only way to maintain the economy was to aggressively, even systematically, breed new "slaves" from the men and women already enslaved here. Some plantations even stopped growing crops so they could focus entirely on slave-breeding. In essence, slave-breeding became a vital feeder industry for agribusiness, and the massive wealth it produced undergirds America's position as a global superpower in the world today.

Does anyway plan to read this book? I'm thinkin of getting it.

Ed Adams

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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