America's first Freedom Riders may well have been the black musicians who, in the '30s and '40s, broke ground by appearing in Hollywood films. Those could have been milestone moments, but the industry responded to provincial concerns and allowed Jim Crow markets to cut out integrated scenes.
In his book, which has just won the Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History, Keith Lowe describes a land with no governments, schools, banks or shops, where rape was rampant and women prostituted themselves for food. Flying in the face of usual post-WWII narratives, Lowe sheds light on a complex history.
The Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia was the first in the nation to hire a woman into a full-time position to fight fires. But women in that career remain under-represented, and the county is promoting the fire service to teenage girls, hoping they'll follow in Judy Brewer's footsteps.
The 54th Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry fought a historic battle Civil War battle 1050 years ago, historic in part because it was the first all-black regiment from the North to do battle in the war to end slavery. Host Jacki Lyden discusses the assault on Fort Wagner with historian Steven Hill.
The city hopes a bankruptcy filing can help it deal with its multi-billion dollar debt. Host Michel Martin talks with Michael Pagano of the University of Illinois at Chicago's College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and Rochelle Riley of the Detroit Free Press.
Simon Bolivar is often called the "George Washington of South America." But his influence in the modern world can be seen in Latin American countries that are growing increasingly defiant of the United States.
Our most precious family history --old letters, home movies, photo albums--often end up in basements or attics--the worst possible place to preserve these materials. We explore high and low tech ways to protect and store family memorabilia, and the smartest way to migrate different materials to digital formats.
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