Teaching Slavery to Reluctant Listeners

Edward Baptist, associate professor of history, writes about his experience teaching college students about slavery, in this piece in the New York Times magazine.

"Twenty-­four decades have passed since the Continental Congress deleted Thomas Jefferson’s criticisms of slavery from his first draft of the Declaration of Independence, and college students today arrive knowing little about the way America’s history of slavery has shaped their lives. Avoidance of the topic is deeply ingrained."

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