The Gist: Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion on Slate’s History of Slavery Academy.

Did America’s History of Slavery Cause Racism or Did Racism Cause Slavery? Scholars Say the Former.

Did America’s History of Slavery Cause Racism or Did Racism Cause Slavery? Scholars Say the Former.

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
June 16 2015 7:05 PM

Deep Dive Into a Defining Institution

There’s a lot more to the history of slavery than cotton fields in the South between 1840 and 1860.

An 18th-century advertisement for Virginia tobacco.
An 18th-century advertisement for Virginia tobacco.

Image courtesy British Museum, London

Listen to Episode 278 of Slate’s The Gist:

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Was racism the progeny of the decision to enslave black people? Today on The Gist, the duo behind a new Slate Academy tell us what they’ve learned so far in a summerlong inquiry into a vast and complex aspect of American history. Mike speaks with Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion about a podcast series called The History of American Slavery. For The Spiel, is Rachel Dolezal insane?

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