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Welcome to Research at the National Archives and Beyond! This show will provide individuals interested in genealogy and history an opportunity to listen, learn and take action. You can join me every Thursday at 9 pm Eastern, 8 pm Central, 7pm Mountain and 6 pm Pacific where I will have a wonderful line up of experts who will share resources, stories and answer your burning genealogy questions. All of my guests share a deep passion and knowledge of genealogy and history. My goal is to reach individuals who are thinking about tracing their family roots; beginners who have already started and others who believe that continuous learning is the key to finding answers. "Remember, your ancestors left footprints".

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The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism Historian Edward E. Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the first eight decades after American independence drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew from a narrow coastal strip of worn-out tobacco plantations to a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy. Until the Civil War, Baptist explains, the most important American economic innovations were ways to make slavery ever more profitable. Through forced migration and torture, slave owners extracted continual increases in efficiency from enslaved African Americans. Thus the United States seized control of the world market for cotton, the key raw material of the Industrial Revolution, and became a wealthy nation with global influence. Told through intimate slave narratives, plantation records, newspapers, and the words of politicians, entrepreneurs, and escaped slaves, The Half Has Never Been Told offers a radical new interpretation of American history. It forces readers to reckon with the violence at the root of American supremacy, but also with the survival and resistance that brought about slavery's end—and created a culture that sustains America's deepest dreams of freedom. Edward E. Baptist is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and House Professor and Dean at the Carl Becker House at Cornell University.
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Lynne M. Jackson, Dred Scott's Great-great granddaughter, shares what family research has revealed in the last five years that amazed living family members. The famous slave's goal, whose freedom suit was a major catalyst for the civil... more

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Finding Your Ancestors in the Freedmen Bureau Records between 1865-1872. Host - Bernice Alexander Bennett and Co-Host - Natonne Elaine Kemp. Selma Stewart will discuss and provide examples of what is available and how to use... more

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Previously aired in September- 2011. Please join host Bernice Alexander Bennett and her special guest Antoinette Harrell - genealogist, family historian & host of Nurturing Our Roots Educational Television Program. Antoinette has conducted... more

9pm est and 8pm central Join Marion Woodfork Simmons with host Bernice Bennett for a discussion on preserving local history. Marion Woodfork Simmons has been researching her family history for over 20 years. She is the owner of... more

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