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In Their Own Words

Can one fully understand the experiences of enslaved people without listening to their voices, to them telling the world their own stories? We don't think so, which is why we've published about fifty (and coutnting) Virginia slave narratives, compiled in one helpful list. You'll find links to the transcribed texts and, in many cases, biographies of the authors. (Above: Sarah Gudger / Library of Congress)

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Edith Bolling Galt Wilson (The White House Historical Association)


Madame President?

We just published a biography of Edith Bolling Wilson, a Virginia native and Woodrow Wilson's second wife. When he had a stroke during his second term, she helped hide the fact, and controlled access to her husband so much some historians have wondered whether she wasn't, at times, actually wielding the power of the presidency. We now also have virtual tours of both of the Wilsons' childhood homes. Here's Woodrow's and here's Edith's.


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Not Even Past is our regular podcast hosted by editor Brendan Wolfe and produced by Miranda Bennett. It’s for history lovers but also for people who just love a good story. In each episode, Wolfe combs through the encyclopedia looking for the most interesting people and the most provocative questions.

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