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How Accurate Is Tarantino's Portrayal of Slavery in Django Unchained?

Liz Dwyer

Jelani Cobb says "defenders are quick to point out that “Django” is not about history. But that’s almost like arguing that fiction is not reality—it isn’t, but the entire appeal of the former is its capacity to shed light on how we understand the latter." He notes the "number of black students who shy away from courses dealing with slavery out of shame that slaves never fought back," but "the slaveholding class existed in a state of constant paranoia about slave rebellions" and escapes.

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