It’s a story we’ve all heard. Though, many of us may only know the broad outlines.
For centuries, people from nations in Africa were transported, against their will, across the Atlantic Ocean to work in the American colonies.
The result was the American institution of slavery, which lasted in the U.S. until the end of the Civil War.
But of course there’s so much more to it.
That’s why a new podcast series, “The History of American Slavery,” has set out to fill in the gaps. It’s produced by Slate, and it explores the history of slavery through the very stories of the people who were enslaved.
In this interview, Slate writer Jamelle Bouie explains why many of us could use some additional history lessons on American slavery. He also discusses how that history can help us understand events, like the mass shooting in Charleston, taking place today.