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Born A Slave, Street Performer Was First Black Recording Artist

In 1890, George Washington Johnson became the first African-American to make commercial records. The Library of Congress is now adding Johnson's "The Laughing Song" to the National Recording Registry.
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'To Be Sold' Exhibit Explores Domestic Slave Trade In Virginia

An exhibit at the Library of Virginia will look at an aspect of the slave trade not often explored: people being bought and sold from within the continental United States.

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Stereotypes Of Appalachia Obscure A Diverse Picture

Appalachia has become a familiar shorthand for rural, white Americans, typically in poverty. But in reality, the region has a rich ethnic history and a rapidly diversifying future.
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'Hotel Rwanda' Manager: We've Failed To Learn From History

As a hotel manager in Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina sheltered more than a thousand people, saving their lives during the 1994 genocide. Now, 20 years on, he says history is repeating itself.
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Who's Boosting Box Office Numbers? Report Says Latinos

Although Latinos are 17 percent of the population, they represent almost a third of frequent moviegoers. People of color overall attend movies at rates higher than their percentage of the population.
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Chicago Celebrates A Century Of Baseball At Wrigley Field

It's been the home of the Cubs since 1916, and in all that time, the team has never won a World Series. So why do fans keep showing up? Locals say Wrigley's hallowed status isn't just about baseball.
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Sit Next To Rosa Parks At The National Civil Rights Museum

The Memphis, Tenn., landmark reopens after a $28 million renovation aimed at engaging younger generations. The new exhibits immerse visitors in major chapters of the movement.
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Remembering The Golden Age Of Silver Spring's Flower Theatre

The Flower Theatre in Silver Spring's Long Branch neighborhood no longer functions as a movie house, but it entertained generations of residents eager to see the latest films.

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How 'Soul Train' Shaped A Generation

For millions of people in the 1970s, the week was not complete without Soul Train. Writer Nelson George captures the legacy of the show and its creator in his new book The Hippest Trip in America.
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The 'Silver Spring War': Inside The Rebirth Of A Downtown

Silver Spring wasn't always the walkable center of smart growth it is now — it took a contentious 20 years of redevelopment to bring about rebirth that residents call the "Silver Spring War."

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