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Wall Street was founded on slavery


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Wall Street is a highly influential financial district but its history is rarely talked about. In order to understand the largesse of Wall Street and the system of global capitalism, it is crucial to know Wall Street’s history. Wall Street was founded on slavery and, to this day, it remains a key pillar in upholding racial inequality and economic oppression.

New York City was a Dutch settlement known as New Amsterdam in the Dutch colonial province called New Netherland during much of the 17th century. Through the Dutch West India Company, the Dutch utilized labor of enslaved Africans who were first brought to colony around 1627. The African slaves built the wall that gives Wall Street its name, forming the northern boundary of the colony and warded off resisting natives who wanted their land back. In addition, the slaves cleared the forests, built roads and buildings, and turned up the soil for farming. Slavery was not a phenomenon limited to the southern American colonies. Northern colonies, such as Boston and New York, participated in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. Read the rest of this entry »

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“War is a Lie” – The Real News Network interviews David Swanson about his new book


David Swanson argues that all wars are based on lies in order to get people to support them. I highly recommend watching this interview.

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U.S./NATO War in Afghanistan: Articles


I decided to post some articles about the U.S.’s war in Afghanistan.

“US eyes private guards for bases in Afghanistan” by Richard Lardner (The Associated Press, July 26, 2009). An AP news article about the U.S. considering the use of private military contractors at dozens of bases and to protect vehicle convoys in Afghanistan. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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