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In Those Days: African American Life Near the Savannah River
In Those Days is an oral history from elderly African Americans in Elbert County, Georgia, and Abbeville County, South Carolina. This area, in the northern portion of both states, is a patchwork of tiny woods and rolling, red clay hills, intermingled with small towns and hardcabble farms. Sparsely populated and mostly rural, the region, even today, provides glimpses of a vanishing way of life in the South. The text explores many facets of African American life, beginning with slavery, and continuing through to modern times.

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Stories to Tell
The story of the westward expansion in the United States is a story of human spirit. The people who dreamed of freedom made sacrifices and carried heavy burdens as they pursued their happiness. African Americans carried even more as they rode westward. more...


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African Americans in the Civil War
Approximately 180,000 African Americans comprising 163 units served in the Union Army during the Civil War, and many more African Americans served in the Union Navy. Both free African Americans and runaway slaves joined the fight. more...


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African Nation Founders 1500-1799
Examine the cultural heritage of Africans in North America associated with the growth of the Spanish, Dutch, English, and French Colonies. Explore the participation of Africans and their African American descendants in the revolutionary events that led to the founding of the United States, and their social and cultural contributions to early development of the new republic.
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Trail of the Hellhound: Delta Blues in the Lower Mississippi Valley
When blues musician Robert Johnson wrote "Hellhound on My Trail" he conjured the archetypal image of a bluesman, outcast from proper society and stalked by personal demons. On our trip through the Lower Mississippi Valley we will learn about the blues and the local musicians who catapulted this art form to international prominence. more...

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In 1957, President Eisenhower sent soldiers to Little Rock, Arkansas, to enforce the federal court's order to desegregate Central High School, becoming the first president since Reconstruction to use federal troops to support African American civil rights.