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Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s 100 Amazing Facts About the Negro
  • ’12 Years a Slave’: Trek From Slave to Screen
    As a literary scholar and cultural historian who has spent a lifetime searching out African Americans' lost, forgotten and otherwise unheralded tales, I was honored to serve as a historical consultant on Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave," most certainly one of the most vivid and authentic portrayals of slavery ever captured in a feature film.
  • What Was the Civil Rights Movement?
    A report shows too few U.S. high-schoolers know about the Civil Rights movement.
  • Was Jackie Robinson Court-Martialed?
    Robinson's struggle for equality began in the Army, before he integrated baseball.
  • Who Really Ran the Underground Railroad?
    Seven common myths about the Underground Railroad, and how they have sometimes overwhelmed historical facts.
  • Cory Booker and the First Black Senators
    The senators in power after the Civil War had to settle a fundamental question when it came to seating Hiram R. Revels, the first black senator-elect, in 1870: Was it too soon, according to the Constitution, for any black man to be legally entitled to serve?
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