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  • Economics of Slavery
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    Economics of Slavery

    Author Daina Ramey Berry talked about her book, The Price for Their Pound of Flesh: The Value of the Enslaved, from Womb to Grave, in the Building of a Nation. This interview was recorded…

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    Glory in their Spirit

    Former Army transportation specialist Sandra Bolzenius talked about her book, Glory in Their Spirit: How Four Black Women Took on the Army During World War II, in which she recalled the…

  • 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, an effort to gather narratives from former slaves. Ms.…

  • Civil Rights and Ronald Walters Career
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    Civil Rights and Ronald Walters' Career

    University of Texas at Austin Professor Peniel Joseph taught a class on the life and career of civil rights pioneer Ronald Walters. In 1958, Mr. Walters organized a desegregation sit-in and…

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    The Tubman Command

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about her book, The Tubman Command: A Novel, in which she recounted Harriet Tubman’s service as a nurse, spy, and cook, for the Union Army during the Civil War.

  • African Americans and the Union Army
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    African Americans and the Union Army

    Oberlin College Professor Tamika Nunley detailed the reasons behind African Americans joining the Union Army during the Civil War and the important role they played in the war effort once they…

  • Interpreting Slavery at Colonial Williamsburg
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    Interpreting Slavery at Colonial Williamsburg

    Former Colonial Williamsburg interpreters talked about bringing African-American stories to life, and about how they felt compelled to tell their ancestors' stories appropriately. Panelists…

  • Printers Row Lit Fest
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    Dorothy Butler Gilliam, who in 1961 became the first Washington Post African-American reporter, talked about the hurdles she overcame during her career.

  • Second Baptist Church and the Underground Railroad
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    Second Baptist Church and the Underground Railroad

    The Second Baptist Church is one of the only remaining structures used as a stop on the Underground Railroad in Detroit. Guide Priscilla Robinson talked about how Second Baptist became a temporary safe haven…

  • Malcolm Xs Views on Africa
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    Malcolm X's Views on Africa

    American University professor Ibram Kendi taught a class about Malcolm X’s views on Africa. Professor Kendi argued that through the 1960s, Africa had been associated with a lack of…

  • House Judiciary Subcommittee Examines Case for Slavery Reparations
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    Hearing on Slavery Reparations

    Actor Danny Glover, author Ta-Nehisi Coates, Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), and others testified on slavery reparations before a House Judiciary subcommittee. Representative Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX), who…

  • Washington Journal News Headlines and Viewer Calls
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    Open Phones

    Viewers commented on the question, “Do you support reparations for slavery?” A House Judiciary subcommittee the previous day held a hearing considered a proposed bill that would form a…

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    Girl in Black and White

    Jessie Morgan-Owens talked about her book, Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Abolition Movement, in which she recounted the life of Mary Mildred Williams, a seven-year…

  • District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862
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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862

    Historians discussed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862. The act freed about 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital and compensated owners up to $300 for…

  • Slavery Discussion with AnnaLisa Cox Scott Heerman Larry Curry and Steven Cole
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    Slavery Discussion with Anna-Lisa Cox, Scott Heerman, Larry Curry, and Steven Cole

    Anna-Lisa Cox (The Bone and Sinew of the Land) and M. Scott Heerman (The Alchemy of Slavery) talked about black pioneers and slavery in Illinois.

  • Black Women and the Suffrage Movement
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    Black Women and the Suffrage Movement

    Professor Gloria Browne-Marshall talked about the struggle of black women to obtain voting rights and compared this with the experiences of white suffragists and black men. This program was part of a…

  • Author Discussion on Biography
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    Author Discussion on Biography

    Four authors talked about biography and their books on the lives of legendary African Americans. The participants were David Blight, Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom; Jeffrey Stewart, The…

  • 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…

  • Omar Ibn Said Collection
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    Omar Ibn Said Collection

    Library of Congress curator Mary-Jane Deeb showed the 1831 autobiography, written in Arabic, of Omar Ibn Said. He was a Muslim scholar from West Africa who was captured, sold into slavery,…

  • Wisconsin African American Historical Society
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    Wisconsin African American Historical Society

    African Americans make up about 40 percent of the population of Milwaukee. Clayborn Benson, executive director of the Wisconsin Black Historical Society, discussed the history of African-American voting…

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