The international box office hit “Black Panther” is largely set in the fictional African kingdom of Wakanda. The African nation may be a fabrication, but it didn’t come out of nowhere. Many of the movie’s sets and costumes were inspired by actual people and places in the African continent. Abosede George, a history professor in Barnard College’s Africana Studies department, spoke to InsideEdition.com about the real world origins of Wakanda.
Slavery might have ended on paper after the Civil War, but many white landowners did everything they could to exploit newly freed slaves well into the 20th century. Thousands of black laborers across the South were forced to work against their will as late as the 1960s—a new form of enslavement that went on in the shadows of rural America.
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