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American Civil Rights leader Bayard Rustin (1912 - 1987) as he speaks at Mason Temple, Church of God, 9 years after Dr. King's murder, Memphis, TN, 1977. Rustin was there with Coretta Scott King, in support of striking workers during the bitter Memphis furniture strike of 1977. (Photo by Robert Abbott Sengstacke/Getty Images) Missed In History: Bayard Rustin, Part 2

We return to Bayard Rustin’s life today, beginning with an arrest that derailed much of his later career, and moving on through the Montgomery Bus boycott and the March on Washington, then into his other works toward the end of

Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin, spokesman for the Citywide Committee for Integration, talks on the phone at the organization's headquarters at Silcam Presbyterian Church, Brooklyn, New York. (Photo by Patrick A. Burns/New York Times Co./Getty Images) Missed In History: Bayard Rustin, Part 1

We don’t typically release two two-part episodes in a row, but our schedule over the last couple of weeks has been particularly challenging, and two consecutive people did work that was just too big for a single episode. So, on

(Photo by Universal History Archive/Getty Images) Missed In History: Harriet Tubman, Part 2

Today we get into the parts of Harriet Tubman’s life and work that are less often the topic of history classes — her work as a spy for the Union during the U.S. Civil War, and her work caring for

Harriet Tubman (1820-1913), American Abolitionist, Portrait, circa 1885. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/UIG via Getty Images) Missed In History: Harriet Tubman, Part 1

OK: You probably didn’t miss Harriet Tubman in history class. If you live in the U.S., that would be almost impossible. You also probably didn’t miss her work with the Underground Railroad. However, we’ve gotten tons of requests to talk about

Famous television hairdresser Raymond Bessone, known as 'Teazy Weazy', working on the hair of model Brenda in front of a television camera, with commentator Bill Taylor on the microphone, at the South Bank Festival of Britain, June 22nd 1951. (Photo by Edward Miller/Keystone/Getty Images) Missed In History: Raymond Bessone, aka Mister Teasie-Weasie

You may not have heard of Raymond Bessonne, but you’ve almost certainly heard of one of the people he mentored — Vidal Sassoon. Bessonne was experimenting with the color and shape of women’s hair starting back in the 1940s, catering

A detail from Codex Bodmer. Missed In History: Saint Gertrude

History has at least two saints known as Gertrude — today we’re talking about St. Gertrude of Nivelles, the one born around the year 626. She started her life on a religious path when she told her family, quite clearly,

gender-grand-total Our Final Answer on ‘Too Many Women’

Yesterday, we got this message to the Stuff You Missed in History Class inbox, under the subject line, “Female focused”: About a year ago a listener commented that your podcasts had become mostly about women. I was a relatively new

The volcano erupts behind a church on Heimaey in 1973. (Sigurgeir Jonasson/Nordic Photos/Getty Images). Missed In History: Fighting a Volcano on Heimaey

I came home from a trip to Iceland wanting to know more about a 1973 volcanic eruption that literally changed the island of Heimaey, an island off of Iceland’s southern coast. Today, we talk about the island, the volcanic fissure

Gunta Stölzl. Wall hanging "See" – Detail. Semi gobelin technique. 1952. Image Courtesy of the Gunta Stölzl Foundation. Missed In History: Women of Bauhaus

The Bauhaus school, founded in 1919 by architect Walter Adolph Gropius, set out to combine art and functional design to incorporate arts into the real world. And although plenty of women studied there, the school’s male students are its best-known

Woman making a hat from wood shavings, German-occupied France, April 1941. (Photo by Art Media/Print Collector/Getty Images) Missed In History: Fashion as Political Resistance

Holly’s having another conversation with fashion historian April Calahan today, this time about the role of fashion in political resistance in World War II. This is a much richer story than the overly simplified, “Dresses had less fabric because of

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