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African-American Family

The Road to Freedom

When millions of African-Americans fled the South in search of a better life, they remade the nation in ways that are still being felt

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Great Dismal Swamp

Hell and High Water

The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runaways

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Black and Blues

Is blues music a thing of the past? A festival in Memphis featuring musicians of all ages and nationalities shouts an upbeat answer

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Generations

The next generation is following in the footsteps of its forebears

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Black Tweets Matter

How the tumultuous, hilarious, wide-ranging chat party on Twitter changed the face of activism in America

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Making a Way Out of No Way

From courting Chuck Berry in Missouri to diving for a lost slave ship off Africa, the director's tale is a fascinating one

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Ask Smithsonian

A special edition of Ask Smithsonian on the occasion of the opening of a new Smithsonian museum