A groundbreaking history demonstrating that America’s economic supremacy was built on the backs of slaves
Americans tend to cast slavery as a pre-modern institution — the nation’s original sin, perhaps, but isolated in time and divorced from America’s later success. But to do so robs the millions who suffered in bondage of their full legacy. As historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy.
Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history.
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The Bridge Builders Reading Group is an ecumenical, multicultural group of people who seek to gain understanding of each other and the issues caused by racism in United States life today.
Since the fall of 2016, BBRG has sponsored, in conjunction with an ecumenical planning team, two book series per year. Each spring and fall, we have met four or five evenings to discuss a book that illuminates some aspect of racism-related issues. We offer information and structure discussions around our experience and our strong hope for a positive future. We offer each other honesty, respect, confidentiality, and a desire to see each other as unique and beloved.
I am pleased to welcome you to Westover Hills Presbyterian Church. Our Church’s prayer is that everyone who worships with us will find strength and encouragement for their faith journey. We are an open community with non-traditional worldviews. We are an inclusive, accepting congregation with diverse leadership.
In my time here, as the pastor I have found Westover Hills to be a warm, caring church family filled with talented people with a generous spirit. I trust that when you visit you will find that as well. The people of Westover Hills are, without a doubt, our greatest asset. They bring a tremendous and varied richness to our church. We have people who are natives of Pulaski County and others who have moved here from all across the country. Some of the members grew up Presbyterian, but many came to us from other traditions. A few have a long history at Westover Hills, but many are newcomers. We are young, old and every age in between. Still, God has woven us into a family that cares for one another and works together in caring for others and who seek justice for all. As different as we are, we rejoice that we are united in Jesus Christ,
I would love the opportunity to get to know you better and answer any questions you might have about our church. I hope you’ll consider worshiping with us soon. God has marvelous things planned for Westover Hills Presbyterian Church and our preschool. We would love to have you come grow in faith with us!