Calvin Schermerhorn

Calvin Schermerhorn

Calvin Schermerhorn is a historian of slavery, capitalism, and African American inequality, currently Professor of History at Arizona State University and Associate Director for Undergraduate Studies in the School of Historical, Philosophical, and Religious Studies.

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Cheap American cotton was shipped to Great Britain via New York, and imported back to the U.S. as clothing, enriching everyone but the enslaved workers who picked it. (Photo: Fort Sumter Museum Charleston via flickr/denisbin, CC BY-ND) Views
Tuesday, September 04, 2018
Prisoner Strike Exposes an Age Old American Reliance on Forced Labor
Prisoners in 17 states and several Canadian provinces are on strike in protest of prison labor conditions. Their demonstrations are compelling Americans to understand that some everyday foods are produced behind bars, for cents on the hour, in a system many call “ modern slavery .” Prisoners in the...
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