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“Closeup of Mrs. Ruth Cruse outside her home in White Cloud, Kansas, near Troy in Doniphan County in the extreme Northeast corner of the state. She is a descendant of slaves from Missouri who were freed and settled in the area. Her grandmother's wedding dress is in the White Cloud Museum. The town was named for the last great chief of the Iowa Indian tribe, which was given land in the area by treaty in 1836.” Patricia D. Duncan, September 1974.

People who don't read history books are unaware that a huge number of "cowboys" driving herds to the railheads in Kansas were Indians. And many don't know that some of "Indians" who raided the drives for beef in the the "nations" were runaway slaves and ex-slaves adopted into the tribes in the Oklahoma territory. Western movies don't tell you that.

February 9, 1450: Death of Agnes Sorel. Agnes was the mistress of King Charles VII of France, the first royal mistress ever to be officially recognized. When she she suddenly died, while carrying her fourth child of the King, rumors were whispered that she had been murdered. Chief suspects were Charles' son Louis, or the nobleman Jacques Coeur, both of whom resented Agnes' influence with the King.

A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet

Paperback - "Lasky shows not only the facts of Wheatley's life but also the pain of being an accomplished black woman in a segregated world." "We’ll call her Phillis." In 1761, a young African girl wa