The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude - Andrew Nikiforuk

The Energy of Slaves: Oil and the New Servitude

Andrew Nikiforuk

Book Summary

Ancient civilizations routinely relied on shackled human muscle. It took the energy of slaves to plant crops, clothe emperors, and build cities. In the early 19th century, the slave trade became one of the most profitable enterprises on the planet. Economists described the system as necessary for progress. Slaveholders viewed religious critics as hostilely as oil companies

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