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The Dreadful Childhood and Long Shadow of American Slavery

The Dreadful Childhood and Long Shadow of American Slavery

Update: 2021-02-161
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In this episode, we speak with Professor Richard Steckel on his extensive work using height, nutritional, fertility and mortality data to explain the tragic outcomes of American slave health. We discuss the marriage and fertility patterns of slaves and consider what these implied for their children. After slave liberation, we look at the potential labour market facing freed slaves and the legal and violent backlash visited upon their children's generation. 

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The Dreadful Childhood and Long Shadow of American Slavery

The Dreadful Childhood and Long Shadow of American Slavery