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Your Call: What does the history of cotton tell us about the rise of modern capitalism?


On the January 26th edition of Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Harvard historian Sven Beckert about his new book “The Empire of Cotton: A Global History.” More than 350 million people in over 100 countries are involved in the growing and manufacturing of cotton. It’s everywhere. You’re probably wearing it. What are the true costs of cotton? Join the conversation on the next Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Sven Beckert, Laird Bell Professor of American History at Harvard University

Web Resources:

Slate: The Fabric of Our Lives

The Atlantic: Empire of Cotton