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  • From the archives: Frederick Douglass on the Republican Party

    From the archives: Frederick Douglass on the Republican Party
    Editor's note: We mark the beginning of Black History Month with a 1883 letter from Frederick Douglass on his loyalty to the Republican Party. The letter followed on the heels of Douglass' appearance at the National Convention of Colored Men in Louisville, where he gave a speech urging black men to stand up for their rights. A little more than a week after this letter appeared, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the Civil Rights Act of 1875, paving the way for Jim Crow laws that would segregate the South for nearly another century. Our society — and our language — has radically changed since this piece first appeared. We have left Douglass' words in tact in the interest of historical accuracy.
  • Why some Americans are more 'independent' than others

    To the editor: The Fourth of July means something different to everyone, but not until I read the words of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony did I realize that the problems that were evident more than 160 years ago are similar to the problems we are...

    Students honor 100-year-old teacher

    Students honor 100-year-old teacher
    It isn't unusual for students to remember the impact a teacher had on them well into adulthood, but on Saturday, many students of former Baltimore music teacher Lucille Marcus Brooks had an unusual opportunity to tell her — more than a half-...

    Lloyd Campbell 'Mitch' Mitchner, city Urban Services director

    Lloyd Campbell 'Mitch' Mitchner, city Urban Services director
    Lloyd Campbell "Mitch" Mitchner, who had been director of Baltimore's Urban Services Agency during the mayoral administration of Kurt L. Schmoke and later headed AFRAM, the African-American cultural festival, died July 16 of lung cancer at Northwest...

    88 books that shaped America, at the Library of Congress

    The Library of Congress' list of 88 books that shaped America includes poetry, novels, nonfiction, a play, a polemic, books of science and grammar, cookbooks and children's books. What's it missing?