10 Things You Should Know About Slavery and Won’t Learn at ‘Django’

Christoph Waltz and Jamie Foxx in “Django Unchained.” Photo: The Weinstein Company

Much hullabaloo has been made recently about slavery as entertainment in movies like “Django Unchained.” But lost in the discussion is slavery as history, and the simple fact that it was an economic system which seized the economic know-how of Africans in order to construct unimaginable wealth in North America, Europe and throughout the Western Hemisphere. Wealth from the slave trade took Western Europe from being one of the world’s poorest regions to its wealthiest and most powerful in under a century.

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