Does the history of slavery affect black Americans in society today? Sixty percent of Americans say yes. But there is an age discrepancy in these results -- 73% of younger adults (18-29) compared to 57% of adults (30+) agree that slavery has a continued impact on black Americans. Issues related to these findings together with material on African American history, identity, and identity politics are the subject this study group exploring some fissures in the American polity. Study group members and guest speakers will delve into black experience and perspectives through discussion grounded in readings, podcasts, and videos. The first part of the study group session will be based on Kwame Anthony Appiah's book, The Lies that Bind - Rethinking Identity (Liveright, 2019). Additional material, including new material by Ta-Nehisi Coates, will be the basis for discussions of contemporary political and social attitudes and issues. No class on 11/26/20.