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  • Defining Black America
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    Defining Black America

    Historians and scholars talked about who is considered “black” in America. This talk was a session of “The Future of the African American Past,” a conference hosted by the Smithsonian…

  • Demise of Slavery
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    Demise of Slavery

    Ira Berlin talked about his book The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States. In his book, Professor Berlin argues that the slaves' struggle for freedom was a long and…

  • Race History and Teaching the Civil War
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    Race, History, and Teaching the Civil War

    Participants talked about the modern context of the Civil War, how it is taught in classrooms, and improvements that could be made to those lessons. They also talked about the war’s…

  • emThe Making of African Americaem
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    The Making of African America

    Professor Ira Berlin talked about his book The Making of African America: The Four Great Migrations. The interview, part of Book TV’s college series, was recorded in the Katherine Anne…

  • Race Slavery and the Civil War
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    Race, Slavery and the Civil War

    Historians discussed the experiences of both enslaved and free blacks during the Civil War. After the presentations, which included illustrations, the panelists responded to questions submitted by members of the audience. Professor Horton moderated. Spencer…