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Kathleen DuVal: "Independence Lost"

The little-known history of how groups of slaves, native American Indians and Cajun settlers helped change the outcome of the American Revolutionary War.

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Endangered Port Royal, Virginia, Fights To Keep Itself From History's Dustbin

In colonial times, Port Royal, Va. was a thriving port town. Now, it's fighting for its very survival.
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Charleston's Black Leaders Want To See Justice As Much As Forgiveness

After the South Carolina church killings, victims' families offered the accused shooter forgiveness. While Charleston's leaders have followed suit, some say the compassionate response is premature.
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How Mississippi Defaulted On $7 Million Worth Of Bonds In 1841

NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Clifford Thies, a professor of economics and finance at Shenandoah University, about Mississippi's unpaid bonds from the 1840s and collecting on old state-owed debt.
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20 Years Ago, Mount Zion AME Was Set On Fire. Last Night, It Burned Again

In 1996, Bill Clinton spoke at the reopening ceremony of this historically black church. On Tuesday, Mount Zion became the latest in a wave of fires at black churches since the Charleston shooting.
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High Tea, Afternoon Tea, Elevenses: English Tea Times For Dummies

It's easy to get overwhelmed by the English and their social tea traditions. What time does each of them take place, anyway? But don't fret. The Salt is here to offer guidance.
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A Slave Plantation Tour Guide Recalls Awful Questions From White Visitors

Vox has a great essay by a white woman who used to lead tours at a historic Southern plantation, and couldn't believe some of the things visitors believed about slavery.
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The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.
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Phoenix Students Restore School To Reclaim Native American Identity

A century-long government assimilation program boarded children from their tribes. Now some former students are turning their old school into a Native American cultural center to play their own music.
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Grace Lee Boggs, Activist And American Revolutionary, Turns 100

Boggs, famous for her role in helping shape the labor, civil rights and environmental movements in Detroit, has established a legacy of passionate and philosophical protest.

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