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Reparations debate alive in McConnell hometown

Jul 21, 2019 - The Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio)

ATHENS, Ala. - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was born about 40 miles from his great-great-grandfathers' Alabama cotton farms, worked by slaves a 100 years before.

Like so many long-standing Southern white families, McConnell's forebearers built their wealth with free slave labor and cheap land. Two of his great-great-grandfathers owned more than a dozen slaves, census records reviewed by the USA TODAY Network show.

The Kentucky Republican has known of his family's slave-owni...