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The History Of The FBI's Secret 'Enemies' List

As J. Edgar Hoover became increasingly worried about communist threats against America, he instructed the bureau to conduct secret intelligence operations against anyone deemed "subversive." A new book, Enemies: A History of the FBI, details those and other secret intelligence operations from the bureau's creation through the current fight against terrorism.
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Film Reveals 'Slavery' Persisted After Civil War

Most history books teach that slavery in the U.S. ended with the Civil War, but a new documentary airing on PBS challenges that. The film, Slavery By Another Name, explores a system of forced labor that brutalized many black Southerners up to World War II. Host Michel Martin speaks with the film's director and co-executive producer.
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I'm Just Sayin': There Are Anachronisms In 'Downton'

If you listen carefully, you'll catch phrases in Downton Abbey that are a little ahead of their time. Linguist Ben Zimmer has been on an anachronism watch and points out a few snippets of dialogue that Lord Grantham would have been very unlikely to say.
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Organizer Criticizes Plans To Change Inscription On MLK Jr. Monument

An organizer of the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is criticizing plans to strip off a disputed inscription from the monument.

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Historian Seeks Artifacts From Lincoln's Last Days

In preparation for a book about Abraham Lincoln's life at the end of the Civil War, historian Noah Andre Trudeau is in search of witnesses. The last week of Lincoln's life in April 1865 is a largely unexamined period. Trudeau is seeking diary entries, letters or stories of people who encountered Lincoln at the time.
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A Washingtonian Remembers A Capitol Hill Long Gone

A 93-year-old writer remembers her childhood on Capitol Hill in her new book, 301 East Capitol: Tales from the Heart of the Hill.
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Before The Internet, TV Was The Disruptive News Technology

The Internet has been lauded in the last several years for its role in affecting social change across the globe. It's easy to forget that decades ago, it was television news that was helping people agitate for change.

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How Should We Welcome Home Iraq War Veterans?

St. Louis, Mo. held a parade for veterans of the Iraq War in January 2012 that drew an estimated 20,000 participants and 100,000 spectators. Fifteen other cities are considering similar parades, but some argue that such celebrations should not be held while the war in Afghanistan continues.
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Dickens At 200: A Birthday You Can't 'Bah Humbug'

For nearly two centuries, Charles Dickens' colorful characters and memorable expressions have worked their way into the vernacular. The prolific 19th-century English novelist left behind 989 named characters and two dozen novels full of the pathos and comedy of London's rich and poor.

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