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The child’s version of US history, at least as this writer absorbed it in school, did a very poor job explaining slavery, and certainly never mentioned this [the slave-breeding] aspect of it. Partly that’s because slavery is not a subject fit for children. It’s embarrassing to have to explain what it consisted of. It gets into things we would prefer children not know about — middle-aged men fornicating with adolescent girls, women used for breeding purposes, children sired and sold, black men dehumanized, and families routinely shattered.
Ned Sublette, The World That Made New Orleans: From Spanish Silver to Congo Square.
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