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  • African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century

    Matthew Wasniewski and Farar Elliott used a selection of artifacts from their collections to tell the story of black members of congress between the 1920s and the 1970s. This program draws…

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  • African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and House curator Farar Elliott discussed the history of African Americans who served in Congress during the late 19th century.

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  • Former Representative Eva Clayton Oral History Interview
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    Former Representative Eva Clayton Oral History Interview

    Eva Clayton served as a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1992 to 2003. She was the first African-American woman to represent North Carolina in Congress. Ms. Clayton talked…

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  • Senator Blanche K Bruce
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    Senator Blanche K. Bruce

    Speakers talked about Senator Blanche K. Bruce in honor of African-American History Month. Senator Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) was the second African-American member of the U.S. Senate and the…

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  • emBlack Americans in Congress 18702007em
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    Black Americans in Congress, 1870-2007

    Matt Wasniewski presented a history of African Americans who have served in Congress, using images from the Web site, “Black Americans in Congress.” He also responded to questions. Then…

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  • Career of Abolitionist John Willis Menard
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    Career of Abolitionist John Willis Menard

    Abolitionist John Willis Menard was elected to the U.S. Congress in 1868, and although he was never seated, he was the first African American to address the House chamber. Next, we hear…

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