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A New Generation Looks at Slavery

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Noni Carter is eighteen years old — smart, black, American — and telling a story hundreds of years old. The story of African-American slavery.

Alex Haley told it in “Roots.” Toni Morrison in “Beloved.” Steven Spielberg put it on the screen in “Amistad.” Now a new generation is stepping up with its own take on slave days.

Freedom must be more than escaping a whip and crossing a river, writes Carter, in her new slave narrative, “Good Fortune.”

This hour, On Point: eighteen-year-old Noni Carter, and a new generation, look back on slavery.

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Guests:

Noni Carter joins us from Atlanta. She is a freshman at Harvard University and author of the new novel for young adults, “Good Fortune.”

From New York we’re joined by Pamela Newkirk, associate professor of journalism at New York University and editor of the volume “Letters from Black America.” Her previous books are “Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media” and “A Love No Less: More Than Two Centuries of African American Love Letters.”

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