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An Early Battle for Racial Equality in Philadelphia

September 17, 2010

Hour 2


      Former Philadelphia Inquirer writer MURRAY DUBIN and Philadelphia Inquirer editor and Pulitzer Prize winner DANIEL BIDDLE tell the story of Octavius Valentine Catto, a 19th century, southern-born, ‘free’ black man who moved north. In Philadelphia, he was a teacher at an African American school, a second baseman on Philadelphia’s black baseball team and became a civil rights pioneer who spent his life educating newly freed slaves, long before the modern civil rights era. Dubin and Biddle’s new book is called, “Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America.”

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