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  • Raggin', Jazzin', Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers | Susan VanHecke

    Raggin', Jazzin', Rockin': A History of American Musical Instrument Makers

    • UNABRIDGED (4 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Susan VanHecke
    • Narrated By Jonathan Hogan
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    Meet the inventors and innovators who defined American music history. A radio repairman named Leo Fender imagined a solid-body electric guitar. The inventor of 3-D glasses, Laurens Hammond, envisioned an electric organ in every home. And a German carpenter named Steinway immigrated to New York City with the dream of designing the greatest piano in the world.

  • Under the Freedom Tree | Susan VanHecke

    Under the Freedom Tree

    • UNABRIDGED (15 mins)
    • By Susan VanHecke
    • Narrated By Myra Lucretia Taylor
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    Taut free verse tells the little-known story of the first contraband camp of the Civil War - seen by some historians as the "beginning of the end of slavery in America". One night in 1861, three escaped slaves made their way from the Confederate line to a Union-held fort. The runaways were declared "contraband of war" and granted protection. As word spread, thousands of runaway slaves poured into the fort, seeking their freedom. These "contrabands" made a home for themselves, building the first African American community in the country.

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