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St. Louis History in Black and White: From Dred Scott to Barack Obama

 

Racial Cleansing

It will come as a surprise to many in white America that ethnic cleansing is not something that is peculiar to Nazi Germany, Rwanda or Bosnia. American history shows that many communities here are guilty of it too. These communities banished their black citizens…often violently. Many of these communities remain virtually all white to this day.  Brothers Charles and James Brown traced their family tree to Pierce City, Missouri, and learned their ancestors had been forced out at gunpoint. Marco Williams produced a documentary titled Banished…How Whites Drove Blacks out of Town in America.


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Brothers Charles and James whose ancestors had been forced out of a Missouri town.

Producer Marco Williams’ documentary titled Banished…How Whites Drove Blacks Out Of Town in America

 

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Independent Lens - Banished: American Ethnic Cleansings

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