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George Washington Williams

(1849—1891)

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Bessie Smith

Overview page. Subjects: Music — United States History.

(1895–1937)

Black US blues singer. Known as the ‘Empress of the Blues’, this tall handsome woman created a style that was followed by many jazz singers, including Louis Armstrong...

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Carter G. Woodson

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(1875–1950), historian, educator, and editor.

Born in Virginia to former slaves, Carter G. Woodson worked in coal mines until he entered high school at the age of nineteen,...

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class

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Is about power. The concept of social class has been used by historians to understand the experience, social relationships, and social conflicts of past and present. By the 1960s,...

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Miss Rufel

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In Sherley Anne Williams's Dessa Rose (1986), Miss Rufel—a southern white lady and mistress of an unfinished plantation—serves as a revisioning of the abolitionist. In her home, which is an...

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