Why did Confederate flags start appearing in the country's anti-lockdown protests?
'Uncle Tom's Cabin,' the best seller of the 19th century, is not a relic from the past. The complex Uncle Tom figure still has a hold over Black politics.
Books, movies and records that seem to challenge racism also subtly advance the idea that progress shouldn't happen too quickly.
Stereotypes of Black women continue to impact how they are treated in institutions.
Many groups have been labeled 'enemy' in the American past. A literary scholar looks at the role literature and philosophy have played in dispelling fears and shifting public attitudes.