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Original Essays | September 4, 2014

Edward E. Baptist: IMG The Two Bodies of The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism



My new book, The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism, is the story of two bodies. The first body was the new... Continue »
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Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes by Beverly Ash Gilbert
Beaded Colorways: Freeform Beadweaving Projects and Palettes

pamsnet, January 20, 2010

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Treat yourself and check out this valuable addition to the beading world's collection of fabulous books. My own beading library has been enrichec.
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