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  • African Americans Remember Lincoln
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    African Americans Remember Lincoln

    Historian Kate Masur discussed They Knew Lincoln, a book written by John Washington and first published in 1942. It tells the stories of African Americans who knew and worked for President…

  • Citizenship and Race in the Mid19th Century
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    Citizenship and Race in the Mid-19th Century

    A panel discussed race and the role it played in determining citizenship in the mid-19th century. They explored the Dred Scott Supreme Court decision and Fugitive Slave Law, as well as Abraham…

  • Underground Railroad Conductors
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    Underground Railroad Conductors

    Historians talked about Underground Railroad conductors and spy rings operating between New York, New Jersey, and Maryland. The event was part of the annual National Underground Railroad…

  • Black Politics in Civil War Washington
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    Black Politics in Civil War Washington

    Kate Masur, associate professor of history at Northwestern University, talked about Steven Spielberg’s film Lincoln, and its portrayal of African-Americans. “Black Politics in Civil War Washington: What Spielberg’s…

  • Emancipation in Washington DC
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    Emancipation in Washington, D.C.

    Kate Masur spoke about the impact of the District of Columbia Emancipation Act. Blacks living in the nation’s capital were freed when President Abraham Lincoln signed the act in April 1862, nine months before he…

  • emAn Example for All the Landem
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    An Example for All the Land

    Kate Masur presents a history of Washington, D.C., during Reconstruction. Ms. Masur recounts the city’s many organizations and public works that represented racial equality and the…