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'Slavery And the Making of America'

Tonight, PBS premieres what a groundbreaking four-part series, Slavery and the Making of America. It follows the course of slavery from its beginnings through the Civil War and Reconstruction. NPR's Allison Keyes examines why the experts who made the series think it will surprise viewers.

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Allison Keyes is an award-winning journalist with almost 20 years of experience in print, radio, and television. She has been reporting for NPR's national desk since October 2005. Her reports can be heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition Sunday.