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How A White Guy Experienced Jim Crow As A Black Guy

Black Like Me is the story of how John Howard Griffin, a white man, colored his skin black and traveled around the segregated, Jim Crow South in the late 1950s. The cover reads: “What was it like, really like to be … Continue reading

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America’s Big War Wasn’t “Civil”

America had a big war–brother against brother.  It was started 150 years ago.  They called it “civil,” but it was not. Hundreds of thousands of Americans were slaughtered by battle and disease. The physical devastation was tremendous–billions of dollars spent … Continue reading

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America’s Bravest Supreme Court Justice — John Marshall Harlan

Although I didn’t rank John Marshall Harlan in my Top 10 Greatest Americans, I do consider him to be American’s Brave Supreme Court Justice ever. In 1896, seven men heard Homer Plessy’s story about being forbidden to ride in the “whites … Continue reading

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US Senator Charles Sumner — My 5th Greatest American

My fifth greatest American appears briefly in the new Steven Spielberg movie, Lincoln.  At the time of the movie, Charles Sumner had already led the passage of the 13th Amendment in the US Senate, so he has only a passing … Continue reading

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My #9 Greatest American — William Monroe Trotter

“There can be no freedom without equality.” —William Monroe Trotter Standing almost alone during the Jim Crow days of forced segregation, open racism, and public lynchings of the early 20th Century, William Monroe Trotter boldly spoke out for equal rights. … Continue reading

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