This episode discusses the servicemen’s readjustment act, better known as the GI Bill. This remarkable program, forged by World War I vets to help World War II vets transition back to civilian life is widely heralded as ushering in an American economic boom. But there is another part of this story, one where the unequal application of this program compounded systems of structural inequality, and, according to our guest Dr. J Philip Thompson, ultimately had an order of magnitude greater impact on the black/white wealth gap than did slavery.
This episode discusses the integration of LSU, the first all-white State University in the South to admit an African-American student. Mr. A. P. Tureaud Jr. successfully sued LSU to gain entry in 1953. Mr. Tureaud attended LSU for 55 days that year, one year before Brown versus Board of Education toppled the separate but equal doctrine established by the Plessy versus Ferguson decision in 1896, which made segregation the legal system in the Southern United States.
This episode again features Mr. A.P. Tureaud, Jr. recounting how he learned the story of the Tureaud lineage, something that had been a mystery to him for his entire life. When A.P. received an unexpected call one day from a white man who was also his cousin, Duke Rivette, A.P. found a window into the history of his father’s family in the Americas.
In this episode, we are talking with Angela Kyle about her family’s multi-generational connection to Carpenter’s Creek in Pensacola, Florida. Angela’s great, great grandfather, Fred Hudgins, bought 10 acres of land adjacent to the creek in 1901.
This month's episode is about Marie McGruder, a fifth-generation descendant of Charles McGruder, and great granddaughter of Charles McGruder, Jr. who Marie believes was the first Black landowner in Greene County, Alabama. After receiving a check in the mail in 2020 for her share of a property sale, Marie made a series of decisions that led her to reassemble over 100 acres of her great grandfather Charles Jr.’s original landholdings. What follows is the story of 300 acres of family property in Green County, AL and Marie's story of unequal opportunity in America.