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History of The Trail of Tears

At the beginning of the 1830s, nearly 125,000 Native Americans lived on millions of acres of land in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, North Carolina and Florida–land their ancestors had occupied and cultivated for generations. By the end of the decade, very few natives remained anywhere in the southeastern United States. Working on behalf of white settlers who wanted to grow cotton on the Indians’ land, the federal government forced them to leave their homelands and walk hundreds of miles to a specially designated “Indian territory” across the Mississippi River. This difficult and sometimes deadly journey is known as the Trail of Tears.

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The National African American Gun Association was founded for black gun owners who wanted an alternative to the NRA. Now some people, including its national president, want that group to get more involved in political and social issues, especially those issues involving black gun owners and police. Others in the organization worry that the move could bring unnecessary and unwarranted scrutiny. NPR's Brakkton Booker has the story. And a warning to listeners, this story does have the sound of gunfire.

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My Midnight Years

My Midnight Years: Surviving Jon Burge's Police Torture Ring and Death Row

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