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Tressie McMillan Cottom

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Tressie McMillan Cottom is an American writer, sociologist, and professor. She is currently an associate professor of sociology at Virginia Commonwealth University and a faculty associate of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society.
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Accounting for Slavery
Masters and Management
Caitlin Rosenthal - 2018-08-27
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Learn how Southern planter-capitalists used early forms of scientific management to turn their power over enslaved people into a productivity advantage. Accounting for Slavery challenges the traditional depiction of slavery as a barrier to innovation, revealing how elite planters employed meticulous note-taking and experiments to improve daily profits and productivity. By analyzing old accounting books from Southern and West Indian plantations, the author provides a groundbreaking investigation of business practices in relation to slavery and capitalism.
Tressie McMillan Cottom
@nilofer @watermelondriia Yep I really like this book. It resonates well with students and lay readers. You can tell she wants to be measured and even with her restraint the empirical story is so overwhelmingly resolute that it’s poignant      source
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Sarah Taber
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Lose Your Mother
A Journey Along the Atlantic Slave Route
Saidiya Hartman - 2007-01-09
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Travel along the slave route in Ghana and learn about the history of the Atlantic slave trade with Saidiya Hartman's Lose Your Mother. Hartman reflects on the effects of slavery on African and African American history, and explores the idea that to lose your mother is to be severed from kin and forgotten history. With no known surviving relatives in Ghana, Hartman becomes an outsider searching for strangers and engaging with people along the way. Lose Your Mother is a powerful and deeply affecting exploration of the past.
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@Staying_Sasha Two books I have next to that one that might help:      source
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Yaa Gyasi - 2016-06-07
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Discover the sweeping and emotionally powerful story of two half-sisters born in 18th-century Ghana, whose destinies diverge as one is married to an Englishman and lives in luxury while the other is sold into slavery and shipped off to America. Homegoing follows the families of both sisters through generations, capturing with stunning immediacy the impact of historical forces on their lives. From the slave trade and British colonization to the Civil War and Great Migration, this exquisite novel by a major new voice in contemporary fiction is not to be missed.
Tressie McMillan Cottom
@jessicashortall @choo_ek That damn book will gut you in a good way.      source
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Alice Korngold
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From Here to Equality
Reparations for Black Americans in the Twenty-First Century
William A. Darity - 2020-04-20
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"From Here to Equality" explores the persistence of racism and discrimination in the form of housing discrimination, unequal education, police brutality, mass incarceration, employment discrimination, and massive wealth and opportunity gaps. The authors, William Darity Jr. and A. Kirsten Mullen, make an innovative and comprehensive case for economic reparations for U.S. descendants of slavery. Using monetary values to measure historical wrongs, they offer a detailed roadmap for an effective reparations program that includes substantial payment to each documented U.S. black descendant of slavery. Their assessment of three eras of injustice, slavery, Jim Crow, and modern-day discrimination, creates a powerful case for black reparations.
Tressie McMillan Cottom
My first exposure to reparations was actually Randall Robinson's trilogy back in the day. But no one book has so clearly set out the history, meaning and urgency of economic reparations for Black people as does "From Here to Equality".      source
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The Economization of Life
Michelle Murphy - 2017-05-12
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The Economization of Life is a thought-provoking book that traces the rise of infrastructures of calculation and experiment aimed at governing population for the sake of national economy. Author Michelle Murphy delves into the history of postcolonial neoliberal techniques and how they led to the devaluation of certain lives. Through a powerful archive of data, Murphy challenges readers to rethink how we view the economy and population as a term of reproductive justice.
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Just a good book generally      source