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The steady stream of Watergate revelations, President Richard Nixon’s twists and turns to fend off disclosures, the impeachment hearings, and finally an unprecedented resignation—all these riveted the nation’s attention in 1974. Hardly anyone paid attention to a story that seemed no more than a statistical oddity: That year, for the first time since the end…

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Rescue workers at the Tazreen fire in 2012. By STEVEN GREENHOUSE Published: November 22, 2013 One year after the Tazreen factory fire in Bangladesh, many retailers that sold garments produced there or inside the Rana Plaza building that collapsed last spring are refusing to join an effort to compensate the families of the more than…

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Here’s another article on the contemporary impacts of slavery. This one’s about labor management techniques that new research highlights have their origin in the slave system http://www.forbes.com/sites/hbsworkingknowledge/2013/01/16/the-messy-link-between-slave-owners-and-modern-management/ The Messy Link Between Slave Owners and Modern Management While studying the history of business practices, HBS researcher Caitlin Rosenthal made a startling discovery: Many of the techniques…

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Politics of Slavery

This week we’ve been talking about the historic slave trade and its contemporary impacts. Here’s an article on the attempts of Caribbean Nations through the organization of Caribbean states, Caricom, to sue England, France and the Netherlands for their role in the Atlantic trade. http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2013/9/27/14-caribbean-nationssueeuropeancountriesforreparationsoverslaver.html 14 Caribbean nations sue European countries for slavery reparations September…

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