CAPITALISM AND SLAVERY

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. . . the invaluable workforce formed by those men and women was employed to give a cheap start to a capitalist economy whose imperialistic character, here in the form of colonialism, also crushed their descendants. The slave trade not only sustained the expansion and the dominance of the Euro-American economy by selling the children of Africa, at the same time it exposed the economy of Africa to its further depredations.

Claude Meillassoux
The Slave Route, UNESCO

Reproduced with authorization of UNESCO UNESCO 1997 www.unesco.org/culture