There are some stories that jump out of history and become the stuff of legend. Joan of Arc. Genghis Khan. Crazy Horse. But there's something extra special about those people who rose from slavery to some of the highest positions available. One of the most incredible examples of this story is well-known in the country where it happened but is only just now getting spread around the world. Meet Yasuke, the black samurai of the 16th century.
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Betrayed and Banished
The Forgotten Story of How an African Slave Became the First Black Samurai
Written by Reuben Westmaas September 15, 2017
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