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The Historical Paradox: Birthplace of American Freedom and American Slavery

2019 is a significant year in American history because it recognizes the 400 years that have passed since the arrival of the first Africans in English North America. It is the remembrance of the tragedy, travails, and trauma that befell these 1619 captive Africans who were forcibly landed at Old Point Comfort, which is now Hampton, Virginia. Understanding the legacy of the African arrival is crucial to comprehending our trajectory as a country, and the critical role of cultural diversity in American life.


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