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The Good and the Bad of Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson is this complicated mix of very good and very bad, in much the same way the United States is a complicated mix of good and bad. On the one hand, Jefferson was one of the strongest voices among … Continue reading

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Benjamin Banneker, Thomas Jefferson and the Question of Racial Equality

In the year 1791 an unusual correspondence took place.  Benjamin Banneker, a free African American and an astronomer, mathematician, surveyor, almanac writer and farmer, wrote a letter to then Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson.  Banneker’s letter was a plea for justice … Continue reading

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Spike Lee and the Activist Filmmaker

Back when I was going to college, I watched a low budget film that was different from anything that I have ever seen.  It was called She’s Gotta Have It and it inaugurated the film career of one of America’s … Continue reading

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