Thomas Jefferson

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Airs Monday, February 22, at 9 p.m.  The late Julian Bond conducted 51 extensive interviews with prominent black leaders in America. Phyllis Leffler who led the project with Bond, has written a book on the series that offers insights into the intractable disparities of race in America. Also: In the 1940’s Fatima Massaquoi penned one of the earliest known autobiographies by an African woman. Arthur Abraham is one of three editors of The Autobiography of an African Princess , which traces Fatima’s life from her youth in Africa to her later years in America. 

Airs Sunday, September 13, at 6 p.m. Jon Meacham, the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller "Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power" explores Jefferson's complicated legacy and suggests how we might reclaim the Jeffersonian insistence that political leaders be conversant with the philosophical and cultural currents of their time. 

Commentator Gary Joiner has an addendum to the fireworks displays and cookouts from the weekend past. He’s dug deeper into the documents and philosophies that inspired the Declaration of Independence.

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Commentator Gary Joiner explores how Louisiana became the nation's 18th state on April 30, 1812.