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LGM Podcast: The Domestic Slave Trade


For our latest podcast, we talked to Joshua Rothman, historian at the University of Alabama, about his recent book The Ledger and the Chain: How Domestic Slave Traders Shaped America. This is a tremendously powerful book about the horrors of the domestic slave trade and the people who operated the largest slave trading company in America. In this podcast, we explore the myths around the slave trade, the incredible cruelty of the practice and what this says about America then and now, the legacy of cruelty in America, the unwillingness of the nation to face up to its past, and what is like to teach these subjects in a blood red state. It’s a good one and you want to hear it, even though the subject matter is not always easy and fun.

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