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The Chiefest Town

At the confluence of the James and Rivana Rivers in Virginia sits a Monacan site. Monacan Chief Kenneth Branham walks us through the site of what was once the village …

Photo of a roadside historical marker in Norfolk, VA, that reads: Quarantine Road. This is a portion of the road to the first quarantine house in Virginia, established under the acts of the assembly of 1783, which required vessels coming from foreign ports to perform quarantine if there were reason to believe the ship was a carrier of infectious disease.Episode

Quarantine Road

An 1855 yellow fever outbreak in Virginia eerily mirrors the present-day quarantine. And Marie Antoinette often secluded herself with a secret trove of banned books.

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Replay: Voices of Vietnam – A Lost Homeland

This series was made possible by a major grant from The National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the Human Endeavor. For more information about the NEH and its programming, visit www.NEH.gov.Special …

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The Empathy Tours

Jalane Schmidt recently brought a group of Virginia teachers to see Charlottesville’s tiny monument to its enslaved residents. One teacher had a startling personal revelation at that site.

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The Conflicting Ideals in Jefferson’s Architecture

The most important architectural thinker of the young American republic was Thomas Jefferson. He also held captive more than 600 enslaved men, women, and children in his lifetime.

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Roses in December

When we hear about the end of Jim Crow, we hear mostly about kids attending schools or about major court cases. But what did the process of legal desegregation look like in everyday life and culture?

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400 Years After 1619

In late August 1619, twenty or more enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia at what’s now called Fort Monroe. We look at how the nation is commemorating those first Africans who arrived in British North America.

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Replay: “We Gotta Get Out of This Place”: : The Soundtrack of the Vietnam War

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The Civil War Off the Battlefield

The very first ironclad ship built by the Union Navy in the Civil War was called The Monitor. It revolutionized the way battleships were built.