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An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock

 An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock

Jerry joins Holly in the studio to talk about the historical significance of the building where HowStuffWorks is headquartered. See more »

Alabama Governor George Wallace

 Alabama Governor George Wallace

Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives. See more »

Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

 Bayard Rustin and the Civil Rights Movement (Part 2)

Because of his previous ties to the Communist Party, his race, and his sexual orientation, the McCarthy era was extremely dangerous for Rustin. This was one of many reasons why his activism focused on other countries in the 1950s. See more »

Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

 Bayard Rustin, 'Angelic Troublemaker' (Part 1)

Bayard Rustin was an openly gay black man born in 1912. He spent his life working tirelessly for equal rights, peace, democracy, and economic equality, including being one of the primary planners of the 1963 March on Washington. See more »

A Brief History of Redlining, Part 2

 A Brief History of Redlining, Part 2

Part two of this discussion of redlining explores the language that assessors used when making color-coded maps of neighborhoods in segregated cities. These maps were used to determine whether mortgage lending in those neighborhoods was desirable See more »

A Brief History of Redlining, Part 1

 A Brief History of Redlining, Part 1

Redlining is a word used to describe a lot of different patterns of economic discrimination. But during the Great Depression, real estate-related discrimination included systemized grading of neighborhoods based on the races that lived there. See more »

Macario Garcia

 Macario Garcia

Macario Garcia was a Mexican-born soldier who served in the U.S. military in WWII, earning a Medal of Honor and a Purple Heart. But after his homecoming as a hero, he was involved in an incident which launched a debate about racial discrimination. See more »

Child Migrant Program

 Child Migrant Program

In the 19th and 20th centuries, 150,000 child migrants were sent from Britain to Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Rhodesia. Many of these children ended up in far worse conditions than they left behind. See more »

Henry Gerber and Chicago's Society for Human Rights

 Henry Gerber and Chicago's Society for Human Rights

In the 1920s, the Society for Human Rights was founded in Chicago with the intent to decriminalize homosexuality. The society's founder was inspired by Germany's homosexual emancipation movement. See more »

The Compton's Cafeteria Riot

 The Compton's Cafeteria Riot

In 1966, a restaurant in San Francisco's Tenderloin district was the site of a violent incident in LGBT history. After the riot, a grassroots effort grew to improve relationships between police and Tenderloin's transgender commnity. See more »