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Teaching Slavery in America

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African American men and women hoe and plow the earth while others cut piles of sweet potatoes for planting at James Hopkinson's Plantation.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has published a new study that shows students don’t learn enough about the history of slavery in America. Of the thousand high school seniors surveyed, fewer than one in ten could identify slavery as the root cause of the South's secession and the Civil War.
 
Without understanding that history, students struggle to link the past to present day racial conflict.
 
Today we talk about where our public education is lacking and the implications the knowledge gap can have.

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