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Episode II – The Story We TellComprehension Questions> What are some ways that race has been used to rationalize inequality? How has racebeen used to shift attention (and responsibility) away from oppressors and toward thetargets of oppression?> What is the connection of American slavery to prejudices against African-descendedpeoples? Why does race persist after abolition?> Why was it not slavery but freedom and the notion that “all men are created equal”that created a moral contradiction in colonial America, and how did race help resolvethat contradiction?> Contrast Thomas Jefferson’s policy to assimilate American Indians in the 1780s withAndrew Jackson’s policy of removing Cherokees to west of the Mississippi in the1830s. What is common to both policies? What differentiates them?> What did the publications of scientists Louis Agassiz, Samuel Morton, and JosiahNott argue, and what was their impact on U.S. legal and social policy?>

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