History Detectives

Season 5 Episode 3

GAR Photograph

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Aired Tuesday 9:00 PM Jul 09, 2007 on PBS
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GAR Photograph
THE DETECTIVE: Elyse Luray
THE PLACE: Cazenovia, NY and Washington D.C.
THE CASE: A Civil War enthusiast owns a striking vintage photograph that depicts about 20 older white men in full dress uniform, standing shoulder-to-shoulder with two black men. In Reconstructionist-era America, association between blacks and whites was frequently taboo. So what brought them together for this portrait?

Jefferson Pledge
The Detective: Wes Cowan
The Place: Charlottesville, VA and Washington D.C.
The Case: A Washington D.C. Public Library, a photo archivist has found a list of signatures from public figures of the early 1800's, including President Thomas Jefferson, offering their own money for a seemingly humble proposal: to build a simple pair of elementary schools.Could it all have begun with a modest $200 pledge?

Dempsey Fighting Bell
The Detective: Tukufu Zuberi
The Place: Reno, Nevada and New York City
The Case: a contributor in Reno, Nevada wants to know: Is the bell he's toasted many a night on the wall of his favorite bar the one that was ringside at Dempsey's legendary world heavyweight championship match?moreless
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