A More Perfect Union
1968–2013
Part of the Series: The African Americans

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A More Perfect Union - 1968–2013
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Ann

Powerful. Full of little-known informatioin about black people who displayed outstanding courage in the face of overwhelming adversity. The historic voyage of a people who came as property and showed themselves to be human in a society that would not accept this. Moving.

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