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“How do we get Americans to talk honestly about slavery?”
That question was the subject of a sold-out symposium on Sept. 17, 2015, organized by Slate and George Washington University. It was a capstone event for the History of American Slavery, hosted by history writer Rebecca Onion and chief political correspondent Jamelle Bouie.
Bouie interviewed LeVar Burton, the actor known for his role in the 1977 television miniseries Roots. Burton is also executive produced a remake of the series for A&E Networks.
With the help of acclaimed historians and writers, Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore the history of American slavery and examine how the institution came to shape our country’s politics, economy, and culture.