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Replay: Showdown in Virginia

The election of Abraham Lincoln as President touched off a secession crisis in the South.  In his book Showdown in Virginia, Bill Freehling (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) focuses on turning …

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Replay: Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff

25th United States Colored Troops, February 1864 To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of …

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Race, Slavery, and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the nation’s finest historians gathered on September 24th at Norfolk State University to discuss the role of race and slavery in the …

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Showdown in Virginia

The election of Abraham Lincoln as President touched off a secession crisis in the South.  In his new book, Showdown in Virginia, Bill Freehling (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities) focuses …

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Replay: The Making of a Civil Rights Museum

In 1951, young Barbara Johns led a student walkout to protest conditions at the segregated Moton High School in Farmville, VA.  Her actions led to a lawsuit, one of a …

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The Making of a Civil Rights Museum

In 1951, young Barbara Johns led a student walkout to protest conditions at her segregated Moton High School in Farmville, Virginia.  Her actions led to a lawsuit that eventually helped …

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Every Move You Make

Each day most of us wave to a friend or gesture in a meeting with colleagues. Dance professor Karen Studd (George Mason University) sees patterns and language in all of …

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Searching for Runaway Slaves

The “Geography of Slavery” website catalogs more than 4,000 advertisements offering rewards for runaway slaves—placed in newspapers from 1736 through 1803. Tom Costa (University of Virginia’s College at Wise) gathered …

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No Longer in Black and White

Arthur Knight (William and Mary) has made a career of studying African-American film, from biographies of its stars to the viewing patterns of its audiences. In the new Obama era, …

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Replay: The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a …

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“I do solemnly swear”

More than one million people are expected to descend on Washington, DC for Barack Obama’s inauguration on January 20th.  Political Scientists Carol Pretlow and Rudolph Wilson (Norfolk State University) say …

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The Steel-Driving Man and The Man of Steel

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a …