Virginia Tech Students Launch “African American Fourth of July” Website


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Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg has recently launched a new website that summarizes the findings and analysis of a group of students who researched the historical archives of a group of newspapers to examine African Americans’ sentiments towards Independence Day over the years. “These are newspapers for and by African Americans,” said Brett Shadle, the professor who taught the introductory history course in which the project was conducted. “These are the conversations African Americans had among themselves about what their politics shou...