Lectures curated around WNET’s Slavery and the Making of America and WGBH’s Africans in America. These programs chronicle the history of racial slavery in the United States, from the start of the Atlantic slave trade in the 16th century to the end of the American Civil War in 1865. They examine the central paradox that is at the heart of the American story: a democracy that declared all men equal but enslaved and oppressed one people to provide independence and prosperity to another. These programs explore the economic and intellectual foundations of slavery in America and the global economy that prospered from it. They reveal how the presence of African people and their struggle for freedom transformed America.