The Evil That Americans Did

In 1997, Rep. Tony P. Hall, a Democrat of Ohio, proposed that the federal government offer an official apology for slavery, a proposal that President Bill Clinton took to heart when, on June 13, 1997, he issued an executive order establishing the President's Advisory Board on Race. The following day, the president commenced what he described as "a great and unprecedented conversation about race."

Nine months later, when visiting Africa, Clinton sparked an international debate over what