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vein that it was in. movement. of the there were no programs to keep anching people about life in integrated society. think had we had somebody to keep that going, then selma would be in a better place. we have failed to teach our children what the movement was all about. and the importance of voting. c-span continues its specialty on selma with a tour old live oak cemetery. founded in ery was 1829. originally the cemetery was limits but he city
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now it's within the city of cell ma. 19th metery, back in the century, was also a place that was almost like a park. come.where people would they would stroll. in the evenings, they would have picnic lunches on sunday. we'll be taking you around a lot of the cemetery today and introducing you to some of its famous residents including a vice president of the united states, several senators, first from the state of alabama elected to the u.s. house of representatives, and that was female elected to the alabama legislature. looking at the mausoleum rufus king came territory alabama and established a plantation at chestnut hill. became, whenever alabama a state he was a founder of the city of selma and he named selma a city in some of
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his scottish poems in. moving alabama was towards statehood he was chosen to be in the constitutional huntsville, alabama, where he helped to write the state constitution for state of alabama and from there he was chosen as one of the two senators to represent there in tate washington, d.c. william rufus king was very much a unionist. of course, he was in all of this events of cessation a the civil war, but he was firm unionist and when separatism ambulance to blow he rooted in the sense we must stay together. we must not separate. close friend of james buchanan. they were close senators and they lived together in years ton for about 20 before he returned to alabama. >> there was speculation that had more than just a friendship relationship, but basis and no proof
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to that there. has never been any kind of letters found or anything like that. in 1852, he was chosen as the running mate to franklin pierce, and they won the election. he had developed tb and was ill he went to cuba under the advisement of his doctor in down there.uperate while he was in cuba, the senate bill that ecial allowed them to go -- as vice president of the united states, the only executive branch official that has ever been sworn in on foreign territory. he was in cubale that he was not going to recuperate and continued -- his continued to decline so he came back to his plantation ere in selma and died the following day. riginally, william rufus king was buried at his plantation across the alabama river but was moved to live oak cemetery because of his importance in naming the city of selma.
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is a greek revival forum. it was erected in honor of his vice presidency of the united states. right next to the king be coming to ll the monument of john tyler morgan. he was born in 1824 in the state tennessee. in 1855 he moved to selma and selma in 1861 he attended the alabama essation convention in montgomery, alabama. voted to sucede. he felt like they were overstepping their bounds in slavery.o regulate so he voted to sucede along with union and y from the he served in the civil war rising to the rank of general in 1876 during reconstruction he was appointed as a senator from the state of alabama and
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probably two of the most things that he was known for is he was known as an expansionist. he was very much in favor of the united states acquiring hawaii, and the philippines, and also the second thing is, he's known as the father of the canal because he very much thought the united states should be involved in a canal centralhat went through america. the french started panama canal. gave up on it and he was instrumental in working with in make sure velt that the united states was finishing the panama canal. john reconstruction, tyler morgan was very much focused on trying to rebuild the alabama. he was not in support of rights for african-americans. he was very much in favor of jim crow laws in the south in order to keep society stable. served six terms in the
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and died ins senate selma in 1907. we're standing at the grave of turner.n sterling he was born in 1825 in north carolina. brought as a slave with his owner, which was a widower. his intellectual abilities and educated him wife and children. he was inherited by james -- who st. james er of the hotel, and he put him in as the hotel. of his he also operated livery business avenue and had several other small businesses. war, whenever mr. gee went off to fight in the battle of the san in charge james to run the home. he was also the founder of the first school for in the-american children city of selma and actually serve add short term on the selma city got off the city council because he refused to take pay. he did not believe public forants should accept money
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their service. n 1870, he was elected during reconstruction to the u.s. house of representatives, while he was washington, his main causes were amnesty for the confederates that fought in the and also to secure aid to help the devastated south. he was very much supported by in the city of elma because he was one of those people that rose above race and above political parties with the good k of the country. flag ave is marked with a of the confederacy, because of his efforts in trying to secure devastated south and amnesty for the confederates who fought in the war. of hattieat the grave hooker williams. she was anglo-american in 1875 family and nt selma was educated in a boys school in sellma. her father realized her and put ual abilities
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her into a school for boys, at which the teacher said this was in the class nt for a girl. in 1898 and in 910 she began to be involved with the selma suffrage movement. it was the first suffrage movement in the state of alabama. she soon joined the alabama equal suffrage association and member there. in 1920 women were allowed the right to vote, and in 1922, she elected to the alabama legislature. she was basically ostracized by the fine young ladies of selma ecause they thought it was absolutely scandalous for a woman to be involved in politics. they considered that to be dirty and for men. she served one term. she proposed bills for education, nd for and when she came back to selma women'sined involved in voters issues. she's buried right here between
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son that died and her husband, and the folklore is hat she was buried standing up because her husband said she always stood up for her principles. >> we're now at the grave of dawson. lexington, in kentucky and is the half sister lincoln.todd they both came in for the swearing in of justicen davis montgomery as president of the met two guys d from selma and thes up marrying them. staunch confederate loyalist and very much believed in the cause of the confederacy. she visited several times in washington, d.c. her sister mary todd lincoln. time that she was up there, president lincoln took she couldnd told her, no longer come back because he ound out she was sending money and medicines in her petticoat to bring them across the arricaded lines of the confederacy. she died here in selma. he memorial you see hyped us
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was carved, in marble, in italy. her husband sent it back to have he said her ause hair was not as beautiful as her person.s in she's the one who was part of the women's memorial association that, and she's the one who laid out the confederate circle which next. be going to we're now in confederate circle founded after the war. todd dawson's husband, nathaniel dawson is the one who planted the trees we see here. the magnolias.nd part of the lady's memorial association which became the nited daughters of the confederacy, and she wanted to area, where they could memorialize those who fought in the war. the land to be used to circle.his confederate in the circle there are graves
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confederate soldiers who were interred here plus the monument 1878 to built in commemorate the lost cause. confederate are buried remains right here behind me to mark those who died in the war. ere in this cemetery, we can see basically the rise of the state, and we can see how it prospered, how the state was involved in the civil ar, and we have many prominent people who have worked to make better place after that time. cities tour staff recently traveled to selma, alabama, to learn more about its history. learn more about selma and other stops on our tour at thetour. you're watching american history tv. on weekend, every weekend,
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c-span 3. talks ian guelzo ability reconstruction. *-*- >> the midtown scholar bookstore, and national civil war museum in harrisburg, pennsylvania, co-hosted this event. a little over an hour. >> mayor, thank you for co-sponsoring with us. thank you for the plug of the book. i would very much appreciate you, my name e of board -- i'm here, a member and former chair of the which l civil war museum the mayor mentioned is here. the mission of the museum is to serve as a national center


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