S4 E3: The Cotton Empire

February 5, 2020

In the decades after America’s founding and the establishment of the Constitution, did the nation get better, more just, more democratic? Or did it double down on violent conquest and exploitation?  

Reported, produced, written, and mixed by John Biewen, with series collaborator Chenjerai Kumanyika. The series editor is Loretta Williams. Interviews with Robin Alario, Edward Baptist, Kidada Williams, and Keri Leigh Merritt.

Music by Algiers, John Erik Kaada, Eric Neveux, and Lucas Biewen. Music consulting and production help from Joe Augustine of Narrative Music. 

Photo: Cotton bale, Old Slater Mill Historic Site, Pawtucket, Rhode Island. Photo by John Biewen.

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2 comments on “S4 E3: The Cotton Empire

  1. Simon Sadler Feb 6, 2020

    Scene On Radio is still saving minds and lives from delusion. Thank you for your graceful work.

  2. David Cox Feb 20, 2020

    Heard the Rich Man Revolt on PRX. Great stuff. Needs to be taught in schools. Looking forward to the rest.