I still think this is the best intervention into the “1619” conversation.
Useful to look at this controversy from the lens of Dutch disease literature. Natural resource abundance creates (concentrated) wealth & fosters repressive labor/political institutions. And it is a drag on overall economic growth. Two sides of same coin.
Excellent Jacobin article from John Clegg on the debate over the importance of slavery for the US economy
Clegg argues slavery shaped contemporary US capitalism by dividing the working class by race and, maybe more importantly, by inhibiting the expansion of the regulatory state—rather than by directly being an engine of capitalist growth in and of itself.
How Slavery Shaped American Capitalism
I think this John Clegg essay in Jacobin on slavery and American economic development is really good and clarifying.
John Clegg on slavery and American capitalism
Interesting take on #1619Project from a young scholar. There are several points of fact and interpretations of narrative that I disagree with, but the overall discussion is more generative than the broadside attacks we’ve seen.
One of the clearest sighted essays you can read on debates sparked by the 1619 project from
Props to Jacobin for publishing this excellent essay by John Clegg, a useful corrective to some of the flaws in Desmond's NYT 1619 project essay.
This one’s very good imo
Well now I have seen everything! John Clegg writing in Jacobin (Jacobin!) supports all of 's critiques of the #1619Project including that it resurrects the King Cotton thesis of the slaveholders.
The 2 best critiques of the #1619project I've seen are: and Heads up: the many teachers out there who are planning to use 1619 in their history classes
“Slave-owners were particularly afraid of allowing democratic control over property because they were literally afraid of their property.”
This John Clegg essay is excellent.
Interesting article by John Clegg How Slavery Shaped American Capitalism
How slavery shaped American capitalism, , including discussion of Gavin Wright's #EHS2019 Tawney lecture on constraints that slavery imposed on economic growth & development
An illuminating discussion of slavery and American capitalism.
No, Brian should hate Desmond’s piece for reasons ably described here
A helpful corrective to the 1619 Project from John Clegg on how exactly slavery shaped US economic development