Harper Lee, author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," is born

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Ella Fitzgerald, "first lady of song," born

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Civil War begins at Fort Sumter in Charleston, SC

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President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1968

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Civilian Conservation Corps established by FDR

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Billie Holiday born

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Booker T. Washington born

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Assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Photograph of Zora Neale Hurston.

American Masters: Zora Neale Hurston

American Masters' "Zora Neale Hurston: Jump at the Sun"  offers an introduction to the writer many consider the pre-eminent African American woman novelist of her generation. The American Masters website provides a career timeline, photographs, and additional footage from the film. An important letter from Hurston to the poet Countee Cullen on race relations in America is also included as are links to related websites. 

Abraham Lincoln delivers "House Divided" speech

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