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Want to understand the U.S.? This historian says the South holds the key

Imani Perry says the South can be seen as an "origin point" for the way the nation operates. Her book South to America reflects on the region's history and traces the steps of an enslaved ancestor.

Imani Perry speaks at the Brooklyn Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, in New York, on Jan. 17. Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Brooklyn Academy of Music hide caption

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Want to understand the U.S.? This historian says the South holds the key

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Strangers on a train share a bumpy ride in the Finnish film 'Compartment No. 6'

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