The Brutality Of American Capitalism

Read/watch them to answer the questions below:

New York Times article:  “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation” by Matthew Desmond.  (This article is also available as a PDF document under Files.)
The Quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend documentary
“The Alabama Women Who Made Their Quilts a Part of Modern Art”
Quilts of Gee’s Bend Slideshow
Found Object Handmade Project
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1.  What is the main point of “In order to understand the brutality of American capitalism, you have to start on the plantation” by Matthew Desmond? 

2.  What are three points from Desmond’s article that support his thesis (main idea) well?  (Write at least 250 words.)

3.  Does having insight into how slavery formed today’s brand of capitalism help you better understand the poverty of Gee’s Bend?  Why or why not?  (Write at least 250 words.)

4.  How does capitalism as depicted in Desmond’s article impact the lives of the Gee’s Bend quilters?  (Write at least 250 words.)

5.  How do the roots of capitalism as depicted in Desmond’s article impact the lives of all Americans and/or the world today?  (Write at least 250 words.)

6.  Do your own research on modern art. Post a link to an article that you found informative.

7.  What are the hallmarks of modern art?  Who are some of its major artists?  What works of modern art remind you of the quilts of Gee’s Bend?  (Write at least 250 words.) 

8.  From the Quilts of Gee’s Bend Slideshow, which are your favorite quilts and why?  (Write at least 250 words.)

Pay attention:  Questions 2 – 5, 7, and 8 require at least 250 words each.  The rest have no word-count requirement.  Always post word counts for all answers.

For more information on The Brutality Of American Capitalism read this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Criticism_of_capitalism

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