Introduction Loïs Mailou Jones was an artist, a teacher, an explorer, and a visionary. Jones constantly pushed the boundaries of art and challenged peoples’ expectations. Growing up in Massachusetts at the start of the 1900s, Loïs Mailou Jones was met with difficulty early in her career. As a Black woman, it was harder for her… MORE

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Introduction Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass is remembered as one of the leading abolitionists in American history. His revolutionary thoughts as a former slave turned political leader and orator served as a major foundation of antebellum anti-slavery ideology, culminating in emancipation. Less known, however, is how Douglass propagated abolitionist thought and re-energized the transatlantic debate on… MORE

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Introduction Rarely does one hear of history enthusiasts searching French administrative buildings in the quest to discover American history. The connections between the 13 colonies and their most powerful European ally mean that taking the time to wander around Parisian streets can lead you to the foundation of a nation. One such location is the… MORE

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Below are the first impressions students enrolled in “Sojourners: Black Popular Culture in Paris” at the University of Southern California wrote during their first night in Paris, France after our welcome dinner in Montmartre. “Arriving in Paris I was surprised by the land. The land has been so greatly impacted by the influence of man… MORE

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