By Elke E. Stockreiter
This editorial was featured in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
Elke E. Stockreiter is an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Iowa.
Slavery is an institution that many consider to be a chapter of history. It also is a topic that evokes strong emotions and stirs controversy. It is associated with exploitation, humiliation and ongoing questioning among descendants of slaves about its causes and consequences.