Essays by Mehrsa Baradaran:
The “1619” podcast – Episode 2: Matthew Desmond and Nikole Hannah-Jones talk about the economy that slavery built. (32:55)
Please note that The 1619 Project* aims to reframe the country’s history by placing the consequences of slavery and the contributions of Black Americans at the very center of our national narrative. This is a monumental piece of work that challenges what we’ve learned about our country and, by extension ourselves. To get the most out of our engagement with this material everyone will need to prepare for the discussion sessions by reading assigned materials in advance. I have listed suggested reflection questions to support focused small group discussions. I look forward to our next meeting.
Session 2 readings (both assigned and supplemental) can be found here. Scroll down to the page number listed by each reading. Use any suggested questions to track new information as you read. Your notes may be useful for sharing during Breakout groups.
“Capitalism” by Matthew Desmond (pg. 30)
“How Slavery Built Wall Street” by Tiya Miles (pg.40)
How did banks and other financial institutions profit from slavery, even after it was abolished in the North?
*The 1619 Project is a 2019 initiative from the New York Times Magazine timed to mark the 400th anniversary of the arrival of 20 Africans in Virginia who are believed to be the first enslaved Africans to arrive in North America.