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Is Harriet Tubman A Fictional Character? (Dane Calloway and the Underground Railroad)

Is Harriet Tubman A Fictional Character? (Dane Calloway and the Underground Railroad)

In this edition of, “Say What?!!” we evaluate Dane Calloway’s claim that Harriet Tubman is a fictional character and that the underground railroad has no correlation with the network of safe houses used to assist fugitive slaves as historians have claimed. Dane makes the extraordinary claim that the Underground Railroad is an actual underground transit system that had been in existence for centuries.

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The African Roots of Black Music

The African Roots of Black Music

In this episode we look at how African music transcended the Atlantic slave trade and how elements of the African roots of music became infused into the antebellum slave plantations through Black Spirituals, Gospels, slave work songs, and blues becoming the foundation of Black music in America today.

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Blacks and Revolutionary America

Blacks and Revolutionary America

In this live stream, we explore the contradictions between the Enlightenment, the American Revolution, and Black freedom. While white revolutionaries fought for freedom from British rule in 1776, Blacks in revolutionary America had their own aspirations for freedom.

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California, The Fugitive Slave, and the Compromise of 1850

California, The Fugitive Slave, and the Compromise of 1850

In this video, I break down the various ways in which the sectional debate over slavery impacted the formation of California. The impact of the slavery debate can be seen in the placement of California’s eastern border and in the struggle to keep slavery out of California…and ex-slaves in it.

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