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Constance Alexander: New York Times’ 1619 initiative takes in-depth look at beginning of slavery in America

Imagine. The middle of the ocean. No land in sight. An endless seascape. The sky a cloudless wash of gray. Strain to hear the plaintive cry of a seagull. Squint hard enough and maybe there’s a sign of land. Of home. One, two, three weeks pass. No more wishing for the lost family. You will never see them again. The sounds of their voices already faded. Hopeless. The feel of the bodies crammed in with...