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'The Curse of Ham': Slavery and the Old Testament

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'The Curse of Ham': Slavery and the Old Testament

'The Curse of Ham': Slavery and the Old Testament

'The Curse of Ham': Slavery and the Old Testament

Only Available in Archive Formats.

The Book of Genesis records an instance of Noah cursing his son Ham's descendants to be slaves. Although there is no biblical evidence that Ham was the "father" of African peoples, various Jewish, Christian and Islamic writers came to believe that he was, and their association helped to justify centuries of African enslavement. NPR's Tavis Smiley talks to author David Goldenberg about his new book, The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity and Islam, which looks at how a misinterpreted Bible story has been used to justify centuries of African slavery.