Carver Clark Gayton: Slavery’S Lasting Scars

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Town Hall Seattle says
With this summer’s shooting and burnings in African American churches, it’s easy to see that racial tensions are still predominant in today’s America. The prejudice runs deep–and can be traced to the nation’s historic slave-owning roots. According to University of Washington professor Carver Clark Gayton, no other story more exemplifies the history of slavery’s effect on today’s world than his ancestor Lewis G. Clarke–whose personal life was the basis of a character in Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Gayton’s book When Owing a Shilling Costs a Dollar, is an account of Clarke (who, while only ⅛ black, was still considered property of white men). Clark Gayton will share this story, explaining that “the wounds from whippings and floggings would heal, but the psychological scars were passed on to future generations”–both black and white–and offer his hopeful outlook for the future.
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By: Town Hall Seattle

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