Roland Martin Show Audio Podcast: To Understand America You Must Understand It’s Foundation, The 13th Amendment Only Changed The Name Of Slavery

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In this edition of The Roland Martin Show, Roland Martin airs portions of his appearance on The Wendy Willams Show where he discussed the painful history of America and issues of race and why HBCUs are needed.

Martin continued his history lesson on the troubled history of America and understanding how this nation became a superpower.

“In order to understand America, you have to understand it’s foundation,” Martin said. In order to understand America’s financial system Martin suggested viewers read Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Martin host of TV One’s NewsOne Now and The Roland Martin Show offered other several titles for his audience to read as part of #RolandsBookClub. These titles include:

Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II by Douglas Blackmon

Bind Us Apart: How Enlightened Americans Invented Racial Segregation by Nicholas Guyatt

The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America by Gerald Horne

Empire of Cotton: A Global History by Sven Beckert

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist


Did you know that 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution abolished slavery and preserved the institution of free labor through the institution of prison? The 13th Amendment reads:

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.”

Listen to Martin explain the how Southern states used the prison system and slave patrols, now called police departments to “arrest Black people on trumped up charges in order to maximize their free labor in prison.” 

All that and more in this special edition of “The Roland Martin Show” Audio Podcast.

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  • Cynthia

    She’s only left Mike & Molly, I don’t consider that gone, she has been in plenty movies, and probably will be in plenty more. God Bless you Melissa.!!!