Associate professor of history at The Ohio State University and author of "Bloody Lowndes: Civil Rights and Black Power in Alabama’s Black Belt," Dr. Hasan Kwame Jeffries hosts the "Teaching Hard History: American Slavery" podcast, a production of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance Project.
In his preface to the project's new report on the broad failure of textbooks, state standards, and pedagogy to adequately address this critical topic with students, Professor Jeffries writes:
"Understanding American slavery is vital to understanding racial inequality today. The formal and informal barriers to equal rights erected after emancipation, which defined the parameters of the color line for more than a century, were built on a foundation constructed during slavery. Our narrow understanding of the institution, however, prevents us from seeing this long legacy and leads policymakers to try to fix people instead of addressing the historically rooted causes of their problems."
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