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Early Novel Written By Free Black Woman Called Out Racism Among Abolitionists

<img src=’https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/02/14/boggis-w-statue-4_wide-c846dd8a4a8bacfe98474a98733e28f4185c889a.jpg?s=600’ alt=’JerriAnne Boggis, executive director of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire, poses with a monument that was erected in Harriet E. Wilson’s honor. Boggis says when she read it, she felt like Wilson had written the book just for her.’/>

In 1859, Harriet E. Wilson published a book about life as an indentured servant in New Hampshire. It remains an obscure classic because it challenges white ideals about racism in the North.

LA County DA Moves To Dismiss 66,000 Marijuana-Related Convictions

<img src=’https://media.npr.org/assets/img/2020/02/14/ap_19056673510400_wide-3965a4b6d8cf0547ead18a4e2f5183e3da622ad0.jpg?s=600’ alt=’Los Angeles District Attorney Jackie Lacey announced she has asked a judge to wipe out and seal cannabis-related convictions dating back to 1956. It’s the culmination of a partnership with the nonprofit group Code for America which used computer-based algorithms to identify eligible cases.’/>

“We believe it is the largest effort in California to wipe out old criminal convictions in a single court motion,” District Attorney Jackie Lacey said.

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