Season 2, Episode 2

Embedded in History

In this episode, we take a look at the laws and policies that legislated Black lives, movement, and security, and consider the lasting impacts of systems including slavery and colonialism.

Embedded in History • Season 2, Episode 2

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The enslavement of Black people was supported by a legal system that included everything from laws preventing legal marriage to those restricting movement and access to education. When slavery was abolished, this system did not go away. Instead, it evolved to include Jim Crow laws and 20th-century policies including redlining and urban renewal. In this episode, we speak to two historians and an anthropologist about the violence embedded in our shared history and legacies that persist.


Heather Williams, Geraldine R. Segal Professor in American Social Thought and Professor of Africana Studies

Brent Cebul, Assistant Professor of History

Deborah Thomas, R. Jean Brownlee Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Experimental Ethnography


Alex Schein


Lauren Rebecca Thacker


Alex Schein and Brooke Sietinsons


Jane Carroll, Blake Cole, Lauren Rebecca Thacker


Adriana Bellet


Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C’18

Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions and Lobo Loco

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