“Slavery, America’s original sin” is one of the most common ways in which human bondage is invoked in journalism, punditry, and popular history today. What is suggested by this theological metaphor for a brutal history of exploitation—and where does it … Continue reading ““Original Sin,” Slavery, and American Innocence”
John Patrick Leary is assistant professor of English at Wayne State University. He is the author of A Cultural History of Underdevelopment: Latin America in the U.S. Imagination, out now from the University of Virginia Press. He writes Keywords for the Age of Austerity, a primer for the culture of inequality.