In August of 1619, a ship appeared on this horizon, near Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. It carried more than 20 enslaved Africans, who were sold to the colonists. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began. No aspect of the country that would be…
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Stand Up and Be Counted

The 2020 U.S. Census is around the corner, and the constitutionally mandated enumeration (see Art. 1, Section 2 of the U.S. Constitution) will bring another big dump of data into the world. Your public library (and specifically, of course, St. Louis Public Library) provides access to historical and current census data as well as other…
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The Bill of the Century

"Legally Reading," the joint book group launched last year by St. Louis Public Library and the Law Library Association of St. Louis, met in February to discuss Clay Risen's 2014 book, The Bill of the Century, the Epic Battle for the Civil Rights Act. Next up for "Legally Reading" is Geoffrey Canada's Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence, which we will meet to discuss on May 14 at Central Library (for more information, call 314 241-2288 or 314 622-4470).
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