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Free African Americans

Jul 5, 2012 — Washington, D.C., in the 1830s was a city of ferment. Free blacks were moving in, eventually outnumbering the city's slaves — a development that made whites very nervous. Those tensions came to a head in the now-forgotten race riot of 1835, an episode detailed in author Jefferson Morley's new book.
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Jul 17, 2011 — NPR coverage of Our Nig: Or, Sketches from the Life of a Free Black by Harriet E. Wilson, P. Gabrielle Foreman, Reginald H. Pitts, P. Gabrielle Foreman, and Reginald H. Pitts. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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Oct 24, 2010 — Octavius Catto led the fight to desegregate Philadelphia's horse-drawn streetcars, raised all-black regiments to fight in the Civil War, and pushed for black voting rights — all before the age of 32. Despite all that, he's barely remembered today. But a new book sheds life on his groundbreaking work.
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Jun 22, 2005 — New Hampshire indentured servant turned novelist Harriet Wilson wrote Our Nig more than a century ago. The work is the first known publication by an African American woman. Now Wilson will become the first person of color in New Hampshire history to have a monument in her likeness.
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Nov 7, 2004 — Melvin Patrick Ely's book Israel on the Appomattox tells the story of freed slaves at a Virginia community called Israel Hill. He traces Israel Hill from its founding in the 1790s to the Civil Rights era of the 1950s. Hear Ely and guest host Sheilah Kast.
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