The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery.

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Riley, Rochelle, ed. (foreword by Nikole Hannah-Jones). The Burden: African Americans and the Enduring Impact of Slavery. Detroit, MI: Wayne State University Press, 2018, pp.200, ISBN: 9780814345153.

This book is a plea to America to understand what life post-slavery remains like for many African Americans, who are descended from people whose unpaid labor built America, but have had to spend the last century and a half carrying the dual burden of fighting racial injustice and rising above the lowered expectations and hateful bigotry that attempt to keep them shackled to that past. In this collection of essays a chorus of evidence is presented to show that the burden is real. Nikole Hannah-Jones states in the...

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