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How the North Promoted, Prolonged, and Profited from Slavery. Written by Anne Farrow , Joel Lang and Jenifer Frank. The Norths profit from indeed, dependence on slavery has mostly been a shameful and well-kept secret . . . until now. In this startling and superbly researched new book, three veteran New England journalists demythologize the region of America known for tolerance and liberation, revealing a place where thousands of people were held in bondage and slavery was both an economic dynamo and a necessary way of life.