May 23, 2015

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Entry from April 29, 2015

Just over a year ago I wrote of the Twitter-bombing I had received on account of having written that the movie 12 Years a Slave would have been better, and even more effective as propaganda, if it had allowed itself to present an ever-so slightly more benign portrait of slavery in the ante-bellum South than the exaggeratedly moralistic one it had in fact presented. A few months later, The Economist got an even more severe bombardment for publishing a review of Edward Baptist’s The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism (Basic Books) which made much the same point — and subsequently made the career and fortune of Mr Baptist when the review had to be withdrawn (though you can still see it in a segregated "special page" of the website "in the interests of transparency") with a groveling apology from the editors for having run it in the first place. Full Entry

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