Setting the Record Straight: American History in Black & White

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By David Barton

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Setting the Record Straight reintroduces this generation to the forgotten heroes and untold stories from our rich African American political history:

  • The Rev. Richard Allen, the founder of America’s first black denomination
  • The Rev. Henry Highland Garnet, the first African American to deliver a sermon in Congress
  • The Rev. Hiram Rhodes Revels, the first black U.S. Senator
  • Joseph Hayne Rainey, the first African American elected to the U.S. Congress
  • Jefferson Franklin Log, the first African American to give a speech to in the U.S. House
  • John Rock, the first African American admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court Bar
  • John Roy Lynch, the first African American to preside over a national political convention
  • The Rev. Frederick Douglass, the first African American to be appointed to office in four different presidential administrations

These heroes – and many others – are presented in this documentary of African American political history.

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