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Jackie Robinson: Baseball's Noble Experiment

William Kashatus | Published: February 19, 2013 at 6:25 pm
Jackie Robinson broke the "color line" in baseball, the first African American to play on an integrated major league team. He endured with dignity the racism of many fans and other players and opened major league ball for all black players.

American Experience: The Abolitionists

Gerald D. Swick | Published: January 03, 2013 at 9:03 pm
"American Experience: The Abolitionists" is a compelling, 3-part series on the rise, fracturing, decline, resurgence and ultimate triumph of the movement to make all Americans free.

The USO in its 70th Year - Elaine Rogers Interview

Gerald D. Swick | Published: July 14, 2011 at 8:32 am
The USO observes its 70th birthday in 2011. Elaine Rogers, president and CEO of the USO of Metropolitan Washington, has been with the organization for half its existence. In an exclusive interview, she talks about how the USO has evolved.

Apache Ambush at Cottonwood Wash

Doug Hamilton, Berndt Kühn and Larry Ludwig | Published: August 06, 2010 at 1:50 pm
After Apache warriors attacked a 10-man Army escort wagon headed for Fort Grant, Arizona Territory, the survivors, including an assistant surgeon, struggled to reach safety.

Letter from Wild West - April 2009

Gregory Lalire | Published: January 30, 2009 at 4:26 pm
Following the 1864 Elm Creek Raid, Britt Johnson went in search of his family, taken captive by Kiowa and Comanche Raiders. His story would later inspire the book and movie The Searchers.

Nicholas Biddle:The Civil War's First Blood

Published: October 03, 2008 at 12:18 pm
Just days after Fort Sumter, a pro-Confederate mob in Maryland turned ex-slave Nicholas Biddle into the war's first casualty.

Boston Combusts: The Fugitive Slave Case of Anthony Burns

Published: April 19, 2007 at 4:20 pm
An eruption in the nation's abolitionist capital nearly seven years before Fort Sumter foreshadowed the irreconcilable divide between North and South and the fracture to come.By Chuck Leddy

William H. Carney: 54th Massachusetts Soldier and First Black U.S. Medal of Honor Recipient

Thomas M. Hammond | Published: January 29, 2007 at 11:56 am
William H. Carney's grit with the 54th Massachusetts at Fort Wagner earned him the distinction of being the first black soldier to receive the Medal of Honor.

Union Officer Julian Bryant: A Voice for Black Soldiers

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
Union officer Julian Bryant used every tool at his disposal -- including influential family connections -- to win equal rights and fair treatment for black Union troops.

Willie Kennard: Yankee Hill's Black Marshal

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:16 pm
The unlikely tamer of Colorado's wild Yankee Hill was 42-year-old black marshal Willie Kennard.

Dred Scott Decision: The Lawsuit That Started The Civil War

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Slavery, threats of seccesion and other factors made America a tinderbox in 1857 -- all it needed was a match.

Battle of New Market Heights: USCT Soldiers Proved Their Heroism

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
On a gunfire-swept slope near Richmond on September 29, 1864, USCT soldiers stood to the test and proved black men made good professional troops. Fourteen of them received the Medal of Honor for their bravery.

Silas Soule: Massachusetts Abolitionist

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:15 pm
Dedicated Massachusetts abolitionist Silas Soule ironically gave his life for the red man, not the black.

George Washington: His Troubles with Slavery

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm
After wending his way through the economic, political and moral quagmire of slavery, in his will -- his final and most symbolic message to the nation -- George Washington presented a blueprint for ending the 'Peculiar Institution.'

African American 92nd Infantry Division Fought in Italy During World War II

Robert Hodges, Jr. | Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:08 pm
The African-American 92nd Infantry Division took on formidable German opposition in its push up the Italian boot.

Allensworth: California's African American Community

Published: June 12, 2006 at 8:07 pm
A former slave and former chaplain for the black 24th infantry teamed up with a gifted black teacher named William Payne to create a colony of opportunity.
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