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Deep Dive Into a Defining Institution

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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