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Artistic Ambassadors: African-American Writers Who Served as U.S. Diplomats
There is an odd, surprising fact about Black American history: during the years 1890-1930, dozens of African-American writers served as foreign diplomats for the United States.  Brian Roberts has just published a book about this important group of African-American cultural elites and explains to host Mark Burns why their time overseas was important both for them as writers and for African-American culture in general.—Original airdate: 10/2/2013

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