Tag Archives: African-American

Some stories need to be shouted out loud

What a week it’s been. Besides the ugly news headlines that appear regularly these days, we’ve had the annual remembrances of the terrible suffering caused by the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. As controversial as the bombings were, we can … Continue reading

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The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: history and truth through personal stories

I love historical documentaries, partly because they usually include personal stories. The other day I saw The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, an independent film documenting the rise and fall of the infamous Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in downtown St. Louis. All I … Continue reading

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Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker wrote a memoir

A few weeks ago I listened to Jennifer Chiaverini talk about Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker. Her name was Elizabeth Keckley, and she was a slave who had scrimped to buy freedom for herself and her son from her half sister and … Continue reading

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