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After a summer of protests and sometimes-violent clashes over racial inequality in policing, about half of voters call racism a "very serious"…

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Because her main detectives barely age over the course of 50 years, Christie’s novels seem timeless, but besides twisty plots and vivid characters, they also reflect the society she lived in. Early novels reveal the racism of a woman who grew up sheltered in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, but Christie traveled extensively, which helped her escape that provincialism. While she remained rooted in England’s class structure, her views on race broadened considerably.

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