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Smart Talk: The lost stories of African-Americans in the Civil War; Four transformational elections

Written by Scott LaMar, Smart Talk Host/Executive Producer | Oct 2, 2015 10:06 AM
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What to look for on Smart Talk Friday, October 2, 2015:

It's a History Friday on Smart Talk.

African-American contributions in the Civil War have often been suppressed, not told or misrepresented.  These "lost stories" are just now seeing the light of day.

Central Pennsylvania history buffs and those who study the Civil War or have made it a hobby will have a rare opportunity starting this weekend.  The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg presents four free lectures entitled The Lost Story.  There will be two lectures Saturday and another two on October 24.

The lectures will be given by Hari Jones, one of the nation's foremost authorities on the role of African-Americans in the Civil War.  Jones is curator of "The Glorious March to Liberty" exhibit at the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington D.C. and has appeared as an expert on C-SPAN, The History Channel, and PBS' History Detectives.

Hari Jones is on Friday's Smart Talk along with Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste to discuss African-Americans in the Civil War and the county's 150th commemoration of the conflict.


Historian Hari Jones & Dauphin County Commissioner Jeff Haste

The "Lost Story" by Hari Jones

The inspiring story of the efforts of Americans of African descent to abolish slavery and gain their rights as citizens will be presented at the National Civil War Museum in a four part series entitled the "Lost Story: A Comprehensive Story of African Americans in the Civil War".

Saturday, October 3, 2015

1st Lecture will be held at 11am

2nd Lecture will be held at 2pm

Saturday, October 24, 2015

3rd Lecture will be held at 11am

4th Lecture will be held at 2pm  

Admission to these lectures will be FREE. For more information CLICK HERE

Also, we continue our conversation with Dr. Margaret O'Mara, author of the book Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century.

Last week, we covered 1912 when Woodrow Wilson defeated three opponents, including former president Teddy Roosevelt and the 1932 election in the depths of the Great Depression that resulted in Franklin Roosevelt beating incumbent Herbert Hoover.  Friday, we look at 1968 and 1992.


Dr. Margaret O'Mara

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  • Radio Smart Talk img 2015-10-02 09:45

    Marty emails:

    I truly believe that, if Bobby Kennedy would have lived, he would not only have beaten Nixon in November 1968, but he would have gotten us out of Viet Nam much sooner, there would have been no Watergate, and the country in which we live today would be so much different and far, far better and better off than it is today.