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When Ancestry Search Led To Escaped Slave: 'All I Could Do Was Weep'

Regina Mason's great-great-great-grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was a runaway slave and the author of what is now considered to be the first fugitive slave narrative.
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Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin: "March: Book Two" (Rebroadcast)

The second in a trilogy of graphic novels about the civil rights movement begins in Nashville in 1960. How young activists confront police brutality and violence in their fight for social change.

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You Won't Believe How Many Special Days Are On The U.N. Calendar

The answer: 129 (give or take). They range from serious (victims of slavery day) to seemingly silly (toilet day). Do the days really make a difference?
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Slocum Massacre Highlights Historical Double Standard In The South

On Saturday in Slocum, Texas, the state will officially recognize the Slocum Massacre of 1910 — the attack on a black community in east Texas by white residents. The recognition comes over the objections of the white county officials.
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Norway's National Library Discovers Rare Atlas — With A Little Help From Reddit

The Cedid was one of the first printed atlases from the Muslim world. There were 14 known copies in existence — until a Norwegian reference librarian with a fondness for /r/MapPorn noticed something.
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The Accidental Wheelman Of Martin Luther King Jr.

In the mid-'60s, Tom Houck left high school to join the civil rights movement. But he never expected he'd become the personal driver to the movement's leader — mostly because he had a license.
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Long After Armenian Genocide, Retracing A Grandfather's Steps To Survival

For The Hundred-Year Walk, author Dawn Anahid MacKeen visited the sites of her grandfather's escape. Like him, she says she found a haven in Raqqa, Syria, a city currently controlled by ISIS.
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Herman Wouk Says He's A 'Happy Gent' At 100

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of beloved blockbusters like The Winds of War is celebrating his milestone with a new memoir, Sailor and Fiddler, that sums up his thoughts on what it means to write.
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The Failed Coup That Led To Hitler's 'Mein Kampf'

Adolf Hitler wrote his famous manifesto while serving time for an attempted coup that started in a German beer hall. Author Peter Ross Range says, "There was an obvious need to get his message out."
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The Bizarre But True Story Of Abductions By North Korea

In the 1970s people began vanishing from Japan's coastal towns. Years later their families learned they had been abducted by North Korea. Only five ever returned home. The bizarre but true story of the abduction project, and insights into the secretive nation today.

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