Francois Duhamel, Fox Searchlight Films
Francois Duhamel, Fox Searchlight Films

Slavery defined our nation’s past and still affects its present.

Many Americans don’t realize that, experts say. We want to help you learn the real truth about slavery.

So we asked African-American history experts and education professors for their recommendations for how Americans like you can learn more about slavery.

From television series to novels, from historic sites to autobiographies, here are the best ways historians say you can educate yourself. And there’s material for all ages here, in case you’re a teacher, a parent or a grandparent looking to teach children about the harsh realities of slavery, age appropriately. 

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