Reparations debate alive in McConnell hometown
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...