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John Edgar Wideman Grapples With America's Continuing Slavery Legacy In 'American Histories'

The new collection of short stories explores issues of race through historical figures like abolitionists John Brown and Frederick Douglass up through modern times.
"American Histories," by John Edgar Wideman. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

Writer John Edgar Wideman‘s new collection of short stories “American Histories” explores issues of race through historical figures like abolitionists John Brown and Frederick Douglass up through modern times.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young talks with Wideman about his book.

Book Excerpt: ‘American Histories’

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