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Exalted And Profane Co-Exist In Jamestown, In "1619"

Bmrbarre, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=4384156
Replica of the ship Godspeed at Jamestown.

It's as if the best and worst traits of early America were on display, just a short distance apart.  In colonial Jamestown, Virginia, the first gathering of a representative assembly took place within a few weeks of the arrival of the first shipload of African slaves. 

It all happened in the year that is the title of James Horn's book: 1619

The work explores how the first permanent colony of Europeans managed to exalt democracy and bondage at the same time.  The author visits with details.  

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and has hosted the Jefferson Exchange on JPR since 2009. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for more than 35 years, working in both television and radio.