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The Extraordinary Story Of Why A 'Cakewalk' Wasn't Always Easy

We call something that is easily done a "cakewalk." But why? The surprising answer dates back to a dance popular among slaves and plantation owners in the pre-Civil War South.
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A Locked Door, A Secret Meeting And The Birth Of The Fed

The creation of America's central bank includes a bunch of bankers locked in a private library and a secret trip to a place called Jekyll Island.
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Reporter's Notebook: 'What Part Of Sacred Don't You Understand?'

The controversy over the recent Paris auctions of Hopi objects boils down to competing definitions of what is sacred. The same tension exists elsewhere in Indian Country where economic development projects are proposed for land Native Americans consider to be holy.
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A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

It's an era of music that has faded from memory, but some say it's an integral part of American history: Latin-Jewish music in the mid-20th century. Steve Berlin of Chicano band Los Lobos says if this were the soundtrack to his Hebrew school experience, he would have never dropped out.
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Diaspora Sounds Alarm As Dominicans Face Statelessness

A court ruling in the Dominican Republic retroactively revokes citizenship for thousands of people of Haitian descent living in the country. The issue has been building for years, and the responses that have appeared in op-ed pieces across the U.S. tell a complicated history — and offer some dire warnings of what could be ahead.
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Marylanders Prefer Parks With A Dash Of History

Of all the things that draw people to parks, from fresh air to fishing, "historical interest" ranked the highest, according to a poll.

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Diary Of Influential Nazi Given To Holocaust Museum

The diary contains handwritten notes by Alfred Rosenberg, a top aide to Adolf Hitler who helped shape Nazi ideology. Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, says it took 17 years to procure the diary.
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Chinese-American Descendants Uncover Forged Family History

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first U.S. law to shut out an immigrant group based on nationality. It prevented Chinese laborers from entering the country. It also gave rise to fake documents. The law was repealed in 1943. But 70 years later, many Chinese-Americans are still piecing together the true identities of their ancestors.
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Zoinks! Tracing The History Of 'Zombie' From Haiti To The CDC

Zombies populate our books, graphic novels, movies and video games with race and slavery playing an unexpected role. Our national obsession with zombies dates back centuries and can be traced to Haiti. Code Switch examines how the word "zombie" was born and how it has taken a life of its own.
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Deep In China, 'Cowboys' Have Skied For Thousands Of Years

On wooden skis, the Tuvan people of Central Asia have been traversing the snow for at least 4,000 years. Travel writer Mark Jenkins went to the region for National Geographic, where he joined a group of lasso-wielding men on skis tracking elk.

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