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: 081434514X.

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 this land, 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. Hence, a collection of essays that creates a chorus of evidence that the burden is real that is a response to the false idea that...

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