BackStory: Black & White: The Idea of Racial Purity

On this episode of BackStory, the History Guys look for the roots of America's obsession with race, and ask why the line between black and white has remained so bold despite centuries of racial mixing. Were the categories of "black" and "white" already in place when Africans first came to America, and if not, when did they take shape? How did the founders think about race, and what are we to make of the contradictions between the public writings of men like Jefferson and their behavior in private? In what ways have religion and science affirmed and challenged notions of racial difference?

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