CRITIQUE – Slavery & Making of America vs. Rivoli’s “ The Travels of a T Shirt in a Global Economy”
It certainly won’t be hard to distinguish between these two stories about slavery in America during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries because their views are vastly different.
In Rivoli’s book, The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy” (TT) she seems to take the side of the farmer/plantation owner. In that she seems to justify the need for slaves to keep the price of cotton down so that the plantations are more profitable. Instead of the farmers working their own land and/or paying day laborers to help during harvest (as had been done for years prior), they choose to adopt a way to get the cheapest help possible – with the …show more content…
In the following section of TT “Made in China”, Rivoli continues to protect or justify the harsh conditions employees of the textile plants work it, saying that it is a far cry better than life on the farm. After interviewing some workers who made these comments, she seems to accept that it is true of all workers in these conditions in China. Of course, they may have told her that, what else were they going to say, she was writing a book, the repercussions of their employers could be vast.
In all I am enjoying all of the reading and viewing assignments in this class. I am finding it very eye opening. In the case of slavery, I already knew about it and I am ashamed that my fellow southerners could treat anyone this way. The unfortunate thing is they still do in a lot of cases. Not every one of course, but racism and prejudice still runs rapid in this country and it will never completely go away.
So in conclusion, I say, “buy organic and buy green people.” It may be more expensive in the beginning, but if enough of us insist on it, more will have to be produced and as a result the prices will be more reasonable. Even without going organic, eating “healthy” is expensive. We are killing our planet and running out of natural resources. We need to plan for the future, replant trees we cut down, restock lakes, rivers and oceans that we