Before cotton, sugar established American reliance on slave labor

PBS NewsHour

Published on Aug 22, 2019

It has been 400 years since the first African slaves arrived in what is now the U.S. In observance, The New York Times’ 1619 Project spotlights lesser-known parts of American history related to slavery. Harvard University’s Khalil Gibran Muhammad has analyzed how American sugar production cemented slavery within the U.S. economy — and how its legacy endures. He joins Judy Woodruff to discuss.

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