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These people were kidnapped in Sierra Leone and auctioned in Charleston.

Sierra Leone and Charleston were both major centers of growing rice.

In Sierra Leone it was grown with free labor.

In & around Charleston, it was grown with people kidnapped from Sierra Leone.
Coastal communities around Sierra Leone developed complex hydraulic engineering to grow rice in tidal estuaries.

Fields had to be cleared; leached of salt; and then irrigated at some times with salt water, and sometimes with fresh depending on the growing cycle.
This required incredibly complicated earthworks, irrigation design, and time-sensitive daily management to match tidal flows.

It was engineering.
In the modern United States, we've become very comfortable thinking of slave labor as brutish, unsophisticated manual work.

It was not.

Carolina rice was built on stolen engineers.

Something to think about, if you're educated and think that's going to save you.
From someone who works in agriculture: stop flippantly blaming stuff you don't like on "late-stage capitalism."

There's no "late stage" about it. The US has been like this since it was founded.

And landlords ground peasants into early deaths for thousands of years before that.
This is just a periodic PSA that exploitation is a dragon with many teeth & capitalism is just one of them. Carry on.
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