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Radio Made in Michigan
2:31 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Current State #118 | June 28, 2013

Today on Current State: a review of June's biggest news stories; MSU filmmakers launch a weather balloon to the edge of space; and the history of rural African Americans in Michigan. 

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:29 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Month in Review: June's biggest news stories

On the last weekday of the month, Current State looks back on Michigan news stories that continue to resonate.  For this month, we weigh in on Medicaid expansion, the road ahead for marriage equality in Michigan, Common Core and all the stories with legs.

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Radio Made in Michigan
2:17 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Book examines history of rural African Americans in Michigan

Bill Allen was an African American who ran a hog farm in Cass County in the late 1860s.
Credit Courtesy of Benjamin Calvin Wilson

Throughout Michigan's history, the state's African American population is often portrayed as an urban population. But that depiction overlooks a part of Michigan’s history.

Many African Americans settled in rural areas, before and after the Civil War. In 1860, Cass County was home to more than 1,500 blacks, surprisingly that was just under the number of African Americans found in Wayne County at the time.

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