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  • Reconstruction Race and Andrew Johnson
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    Reconstruction, Race, and Andrew Johnson

    Historian Allen Guelzo talked about his book, Reconstruction: A Concise History. He argued that despite the ratification of the 14th and 15th Amendments, the Reconstruction period failed to…

  • emLighting the Fires of Freedomem
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    Lighting the Fires of Freedom

    Janet Dewart Bell provided a history of African American women in the Civil Rights Movement.

  • emMayor Harold Washingtonem
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    Mayor Harold Washington

    History professor Roger Biles recounted the political career of Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African American mayor.

  • Protests for Black Citizenship
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    Protests for Black Citizenship

    The Massachusetts Historical Society hosted a panel of four historians discussing the ways blacks have protested for citizenship since the early days of the American Republic. Topics included…

  • In Their Shoes Exhibit
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    "In Their Shoes" Exhibit

    Special Collections Senior Archivist Mary Saffell of Texas Christian University shared items from the “In Their Shoes Exhibit” that tell the story of journalist and author Grace Halsell. She is known for her…

  • emThe Slaves Gambleem
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    The Slave's Gamble

    In The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812, author Gene Smith shared the stories of several African Americans and their decision to fight for or against the United States during the War of…

  • Selmas First African American Mayor
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    Selma's First African American Mayor

    Selma’s first African American mayor, James Perkins, Jr., discussed his political career and the impact the Civil Rights movement had on the city. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in…

  • Slavery and Reconstruction in the West
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    Slavery and Reconstruction in the West

    University of Washington historian Quintard Taylor explored slavery, the abolition movement, and Reconstruction in the West, focusing on Kansas and Missouri before and after the Civil War.…

  • Edmund Pettus Bridge
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    Edmund Pettus Bridge

    General Edmund Pettus, the namesake for the bridge at the beginning of the route from Selma to Montgomery, was a Civil War General and two-term U.S. Senator from Alabama. John Giggie, University of Alabama…

  • Brown Chapel AME Church
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    Brown Chapel AME Church

    Reverend Martin Luther King and the Southern Leadership Conference (SCLC) used Brown Chapel AME Church as a gathering space during the months leading up to the Civil Rights March. Pastor Leodis Strong talked…

  • Robert E Lee High School Race and Segregation in Tyler Texas
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    Robert E. Lee High School, Race, and Segregation in Tyler, Texas

    Lee Hancock shared the history of segregation in Tyler, Texas', Robert E. Lee High School, and desegregation. She provided insight into the role the city played in shaping the statewide and national fight…

  • National Voting Rights Museum
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    National Voting Rights Museum

    The National Voting Rights Museum and Institute addresses the struggle of African Americans and women to obtain the right to vote. Historian Sam Walker toured the museum and discussed how Selma was integral…

  • Selma Native Joyce Parrish ONeal Oral History Interview
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    Selma Native Joyce Parrish O'Neal Oral History Interview

    Selma native Joyce Parrish O’Neal joined the final leg of the Selma to Montgomery March with her mother and sister. She shared her stories of growing up as an African American in Selma prior to the 1965…

  • Voting Rights March in Selma
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    Voting Rights March in Selma

    In March of 1965, civil rights activists and religious leaders marched from Selma to Montgomery to demand African Americans be given the right to vote. National Park Service Guide April Baldwin visited…

  • Ella Reid Collection at the Tyler Public Library
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    Ella Reid Collection at the Tyler Public Library

    Librarian Connie Greer highlighted items from the Ella Reed Collection that tell the story of Tyler Texas' first African American Public Library. The collection is held at the Tyler Public Library.…

  • African Americans and Eugenics
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    African Americans and Eugenics

    Johns Hopkins Ph.D. candidate Ayah Nurridin talked about the history of history African Americans and eugenics in this interview recorded at the American Historical Association annual…

  • 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and 1960s Racial Unrest
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    1850 Fugitive Slave Law and 1960s Racial Unrest

    Authors Richard Blackett and Peter Levy discussed their respective books, one on the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law and the other on the racial unrests during the 1960s. They talked about the…

  • The Great Migration
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    The Great Migration

    Author and American Studies professor Davarian Baldwin lectured on the “Great Migration” of African Americans from the southern United States to the north in the century following the Civil…

  • Author Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in the US
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    Author Discussion on the Legacy of Slavery in the U.S.

    A discussion on the legacy of slavery in the United States from the 23rd annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books that featured Ethan Kytle and Blain Roberts, Denmark Vesey’s Garden:…

  • emBeyond the Ropeem
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    Beyond the Rope

    In Beyond the Rope: The Impact of Lynching on Black Culture and Memory, author Karlos Hill examines the history of lynching in America, and how the response of African Americans evolved over time.…

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