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A group of St. Louis Cardinals fans is selling shirts with “Darren Wilson” on the back, in support of the police officer who killed Michael Brown on 9 August in Ferguson, Missouri.

Presumably inspired by the example of the fan who wore a shirt with the name on the back to game 4 of the NLDS, a Facebook group has been set up to notify fans of the items.

Called “We Are Darren Wilson” the group is sure to stir up already heightened tensions before the first game of the NLCS against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in St Louis.

The site says: “Pick up a game shirt to support Darren Wilson (thanks for the inspiration Dan Ride!), available Saturday at Barney’s Sports Pub, 6027 Chippewa St, St Louis, MO 63109 (open at 11AM Fri-Sun)! Shirts are $20, local availability only. Wristbands are available NOW for $5 (non-local folks inside the contiguous U.S. states only, mail a check for $10 addressed to Darren Wilson to the same location & put in the memo WEAREDARRENWILSON wristband). Please note: We’re hand-painting the shirts with stencils. If a local supporter has access to a screen printer or shirt company with immediate availability to print these more efficiently, let us know (we already have the shirts)! Please comment below if you know you’ll be coming by for one and tell us what size(s)! If you’re not going to the game, watch with fellow supporters at Barney’s!”

The sales follow tensions between white Cardinals fans and Black protestors before the game against the Dodgers this week. The Cardinals had appealed for united between the supporters – but that appears to have fallen on deaf ears.

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The Economist published, and then had to retract, its review of Edward Baptist’s new book, The Half Has Never Been Told.

The more appropriate reviewer of the book is, of course, Eric Foner, who fully understands the links between slavery and American capitalism.

For residents of the world’s pre-­eminent capitalist nation, American historians have produced remarkably few studies of capitalism in the United States. This situation was exacerbated in the 1970s, when economic history began to migrate from history to economics departments, where it too often became an exercise in scouring the past for numerical data to plug into computerized models of the economy. Recently, however, the history of American capitalism has emerged as a thriving cottage industry. This new work portrays capitalism not as a given (something that “came in the first ships,” as the historian Carl Degler once wrote) but as a system that developed over time, has been constantly evolving and penetrates all aspects of society.

Slavery plays a crucial role in this literature. For decades, historians depicted the institution as unprofitable and on its way to extinction before the Civil War (a conflict that was therefore unnecessary). Recently, historians like Sven Beckert, Robin Blackburn and Walter Johnson have emphasized that cotton, the raw material of the early Industrial Revolution, was by far the most important commodity in 19th-century international trade and that capital accumulated through slave labor flowed into the coffers of Northern and British bankers, merchants and manufacturers. And far from being economically backward, slave owners pioneered advances in modern accounting and finance.

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