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JFK And Civil Rights: It's Complicated

President John F. Kennedy's relationship with civil rights was far from simple. Host Michel Martin speaks with one of the last living leaders of the civil rights movement, Georgia Representative John Lewis, about his own relationship with President Kennedy. Stanford historian Clayborne Carson also joins the conversation.

Soul Food For Thanksgiving: Mac And Cheese, 'Red Drink,' And More

Chitlins, black-eyed peas and sweet potato greens ... it's all soul food you might want to consider adding to your Thanksgiving table. Host Michel Martin hears about the history of soul food — and gets some recipes — from Adrian Miller, author of Soul Food: The Surprising Story of An American Cuisine One Plate At A Time.

Short Speech Still Resonates: The Gettysburg Address Turns 150

Tuesday marks the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg address. President Abraham Lincoln delivered these 278 words at the Dedication of the Cemetery at Gettysburg. Melissa Block talks with Civil War historian Harold Holzer about the address.

'Coolie Woman' Rescues Indentured Women From Anonymity

When slavery was outlawed in the Caribbean, indentured servitude took over. Host Michel Martin speaks with author Gauitra Bahadur. Her book Coolie Woman traces her great-grandmother's roots from India to Guyana.

Dominican Republic Official Defends Citizenship Ruling

The Dominican Republic is questioning the citizenship of thousands of Haitians who moved there in the 1930s and their children. Host Michel Martin talks with Leonel Mateo, from the Dominican embassy in Washington D.C., about the controversial ruling.

LISTEN: For Its 150th, A Reading Of The Gettysburg Address

Though President Lincoln said "the world will little note nor long remember what we say here," his words have lived on. Read them again and listen to historian Eric Foner and NPR staff deliver one of the nation's greatest speeches.

How Court's Bus Ruling Sealed Differences In Detroit Schools

It's been 40 years since the Supreme Court accepted what became a landmark case about school desegregation. The case was controversial because it involved busing students between a largely African-American city — Detroit — and its white suburban areas.

Putting Lincoln's Gettysburg Address In its Original Context

To mark the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Steve Inskeep talks to historian Eric Foner, whose book, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, won the Pulitzer Prize.

A New Life For An Old Slave Jail

Lewis Henry Bailey was freed from slavery in Texas and began his journey back to Virginia by foot 150 years ago. The jail where he was sold to slave dealers as a child is now a museum and the offices of a local Urban League chapter just outside of the nation's capital.

Meat Mummies: How Ancient Egyptians Prepared Feasts For Afterlife

Eternity is a long time to keep meat fresh for pharaoh. New research reveals the chemical secrets of ancient Egyptian beef and poultry "meat mummies" that were buried alongside the dearly departed to feed them in the great beyond.