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'On Juneteenth' historian examines the hope and hostility toward emancipation

Juneteenth celebrates the day slavery ended in Texas, June 19, 1865. Historian Annette Gordon-Reed studies the early American republic and the legacy of slavery. Originally broadcast May 25, 2021.


Ta-Nehisi Coates On Magic, Memory And The Underground Railroad

After writing three non-fiction books dealing with race and identity, and relaunching Marvel's black superhero series Black Panther, Ta-Nehisi Coates has written his first novel. Set during slave times, it re-imagines leaders of the underground railroad as having a magical power to help people out of slavery.

Writer Ta-Nehisi Coates looks pensive while sitting at a microphone

On This Spanish Slave Ship, Nothing Was As It Seemed.

In The Empire of Necessity, historian Greg Grandin tells the story of a slave revolt at sea. The 1805 event inspired Herman Melville's Benito Cereno, and Grandin's account of the human horror is a work of power and precision.


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