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The Unfamiliar History of Abolition; Erika Christakis on Early Childhood

In The Slave's Cause, author and scholar Manisha Sinha writes a history of abolition -- a history more complex than the one taught in most American classrooms. This hour, Sinha takes us inside her book for a look at abolition's lesser known past.  

We also listen to a conversation between WNPR’s Diane Orson and Yale lecturer Erika Christakis. Last year, an email by Christakis sparked controversy over issues of racial, religious, and gender tolerance on campus. Now, she has a new book out called The Importance of Being Little.


  • Manisha Sinha - Professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst; author of The Slave's Cause: A History of Abolition 
  • Diane Orson - WNPR host and reporter 
  • Erika Christakis - Early childhood educator at the Yale Child Study Center 

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John Dankosky and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 


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