Washington Post: More than 1,700 congressmen once enslaved Black people. This is who they were, and how they shaped the nation.

Washington Post: More than 1,700 congressmen once enslaved Black people. This is who they were, and how they shaped the nation.. “The country is still grappling with the legacy of their embrace of slavery. The link between race and political power in early America echoes in complicated ways, from the racial inequities that persist to this day to the polarizing fights over voting rights and the way history is taught in schools. The Washington Post created a database that shows enslavers in Congress represented 37 states, including not just the South but every state in New England, much of the Midwest, and many Western states.”

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