Author Talk, Online Event, Public Program Laid Waste! The Culture of Exploitation in Early America 5 June 2020.Friday, 2:00PM - 3:00PM This is an online program John Lauritz Larson, Purdue University Image entitled /2012/juniper/assets/section37/Winter_2020/cover_2_.jpg

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After humble beginnings as faltering British colonies, the United States acquired astonishing wealth and power as the result of modernization. Originating in England and Western Europe, transplanted to the Americas, then copied around the world in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this modernizing process locked together science and technology, political democracy, economic freedom, and competitive capitalism. This has produced unimagined wealth and material comfort for some, yet it has also now brought the global environment to a tipping point. John Larson analyzes the roots of an American “culture of exploitation” that has left us free, rich, and without an honest sense of how this crisis came to be.

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