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Bulletin: Economist magazine rediscovers that slavery was bad
Bulletin: Economist magazine rediscovers that slavery was bad

The award for fastest climbdown of the year (so far) goes to The Economist. The magazine already has withdrawn and apologized for a review in its latest issue that criticized a forthcoming book by Cornell historian Edward Baptist for being just too negative about the institution of slavery in the South.  The unidentified reviewer argues that Baptist missed a bet by not conceding that the explosion of productivity at cotton plantations in the 1850s might have come from better treatment of slaves: "Slave owners surely had a vested interest in keeping their 'hands' ever fitter and stronger to pick more cotton," the review speculates. "Mr. Baptist has not...

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