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  • Racial Dynamics in the 1930s
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    Racial Dynamics in the 1930s

    Cornell College professor Catherine Stewart talked about racial dynamics during the 1930s, including the Federal Writers' Project, a New Deal-era effort to gather narratives from former…

  • 1937 Federal Works Agency Film emWe Work Againem
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    1937 Federal Works Agency Film We Work Again

    This 1937 Federal Works Agency film was a New Deal documentary the promoted programs to put unemployed black Americans to work on federal projects.

  • African Americans Emancipation and Defining Freedom
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    African Americans, Emancipation, and Defining Freedom

    Virginia Commonwealth University Professor Nicole Myers Turner taught a class on the lives of formerly enslaved African Americans following emancipation. She explained how they defined…

  • Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott
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    Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Wellesley College Professor Brenna Greer debunked some of the myths about Rosa Parks and the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott. She addressed that Parks was not the first African American…

  • African American Soldiers and PostWorld War I Activism
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    African American Soldiers and Post-World War I Activism

    Chad Williams is the author of Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era. He talked about the post-war activism of these soldiers, explaining how after fighting for…

  • emThe Other Madisonsem
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    The Other Madisons

    Retired pediatrician and geneticist Bettye Kearse investigated her family’s lineage and its oral history that claims they are descendants of James Madison and his slave, Coreen.

  • NASA Research Mathematician Katherine Johnson 19182020
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    NASA Research Mathematician Katherine Johnson

    West Virginia native and West Virginia State University alumna Katherine Johnson played a pivotal role in NASA’s missions to put men in space and on the moon. West Virginia State University President Anthony…

  • Clotilda Slave Ship Descendants Reunion
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    Clotilda Slave Ship Descendants' Reunion

    Descendants of the Clotilda, the last ship to bring slaves to North America, participated in a reunion called the “Spirit of Our Ancestors” festival in Africatown, near Mobile, Alabama.…

  • Mobile Alabama African American Heritage Trail Part 1
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    Mobile, Alabama, African American Heritage Trail, Part 1

    American History TV joined tour guide Eric Finley to learn about the early history of Mobile, Alabama, and to visit Africatown, a National Historic Landmark neighborhood north of the city…

  • Former Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee
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    Former Chapel Hill Mayor Howard Lee

    Howard Lee was the first African-American elected mayor in a majority-white southern city. Mr. Lee talked about serving as Chapel Hill’s mayor from 1969 to 1975 and explained the challenges he faced during…

  • Slavery to Freedom at Appomattox
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    Slavery to Freedom at Appomattox

    Appomattox Courthouse is commonly known as the site of General Lee’s surrender to General Grant and the end of the Civil War. Chief of Education Ernie Price talked about life after the war, highlighting the local…

  • Origins of Memorial Day
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    Origins of Memorial Day

    Bernard Powers gave a tour of sites in Charleston related to black heritage. At Hampton Park he talked about the connections it has to one of the first Memorial Day commemorations on May 1, 1865.…

  • Washington Journal Bakari Sellers Discusses His New Book My Vanishing Country
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    Bakari Sellers on My Vanishing Country

    Author and CNN political analyst Bakari Sellers talked about his book, My Vanishing Country: A Memoir, which tells the story of America’s black working class through his own life.

  • Reel America emThe Negro Soldierem
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    The Negro Soldier

    This 1944 documentary was intended to encourage African Americans to enlist in the U.S. Army during World War II. The film traces the history of African American contributions to society…

  • Washington Journal Krewasky Salter Discusses African American Soldiers Role in WWI
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    Krewasky Salter on African American Soldiers' in World War I

    Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture Guest Associate Curator Krewasky Salter discussed African American soldiers in WWI and how their experiences served as a…

  • Slaves Suing for Their Freedom
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    Slaves Suing for Their Freedom

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor William G. Thomas III taught a class on some of the lawsuits brought by enslaved people who sued for their freedom in the antebellum period. He…

  • Southern White Women Slave Owners
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    Southern White Women Slave Owners

    Stephanie Jones-Rogers detailed her research into Southern white women slaveholders who, she calculates, comprised 40 percent of slave owners in some regions. The previous estimate had been…

  • Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary
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    Tuskegee Airmen 75th Anniversary

    Six Tuskegee Airmen appeared on stage at the National Archives to mark the 75th anniversary of their first deployment in 1943. The World War II veterans talked about their combat…

  • emTackys Revoltem
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    Tacky's Revolt

    Harvard University history Professor Vincent Brown chronicled the 18th century slave revolt that took place in Jamaica, known as ‘Tacky’s Revolt.’

  • emWilmingtons Lieem
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    Wilmington's Lie

    Author and journalist David Zucchino detailed how over 2,000 white supremacists rioted through Wilmington, North Carolina, on November 10, 1898, which resulted in the deaths of 60 black men…

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