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Smart Talk: PA African-Americans in Civil War; What is the myRA savings plan?

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Feb 9, 2014 3:26 PM

What to look for on Smart Talk Monday, February 10, 2014:

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The Civil War in Pennsylvania: The African-American Experience is a book that "tells the little known but extremely important stories of blacks and the Civil War providing new insights into such topics as emigration, abolitionism, civil rights, armed resistance, service in the war and more.  It treats the war with circumspection from a point of view that defines the conflict as a war over slavery and the opportunity to liberate the masses of Africans from bondage."  That's a direct quote from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, which published the book last year.

As part of Black History Month, Smart Talk features the book's editor, Samuel W. Black, and a contributing essayist Dr. Kellie Carter Jackson of the African-American Studies Department at Harvard University and whose research focuses on black abolitionists and violent political discourse.


Also, in his State-of-the-Union Address last month, President Obama proposed a retirement savings plan for those who don't have retirement benefits available through their employers.  It's called myRA and the president said it would allow people to save without the risk of losing what invest.

We'll learn more about myRA's from Tom Reese, a consulting actuary and member of the business development committee at Conrad Siegel Investment Actuaries.

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