More than 1,800 people who served in the U.S. Congress in the 18th, 19th and even 20th centuries owned human beings at some point in their lives, according to a Washington Post investigation of censuses and other historical records. The U.S. is still grappling with the legacy of their embrace of slavery.
The Washington Post’s Julie Weir joined the show to talk about the WaPo’s U.S. Congressional Database.
The database can be accessed via https://www.washingtonpost.com/history/interactive/2022/congress-slaveowners-names-list
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