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Lost Civil War History: Northern Virginia Contraband Camps

During the Civil War, thousands of slaves made their way to Washington, D.C. As the city became overcrowded, the federal government created camps on abandoned secessionist lands in northern Virginia. There "contrabands" were paid to farm crops for the Union army and given access to education -- an important step in the transition from bondage to freedom.

Lost Civil War History: Northern Virginia Contraband Camps

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  • The Cost of Unaffordability: asset-original

    The Cost of Unaffordability

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    Carmen Romero of the Arlington Partnership for Affordable Housing discusses the worsening housing crisis in the Washington Metropolitan area: the causes of runaway housing costs, who is most affected by them, and what happens to our area when a large swath of D.C.-area residents can no longer afford a roof over their head.

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    The Legacy of Dance

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    How does dance survive as an art form? As Susan Shields puts it, "In today's technology, you could always throw on the DVD and learn the dance.... But the soul of a piece? That has to be passed down." For Shields and George Mason University dancer Lauren Stucko, the process of passing down the role of "Pink Girl" in Lar Lubovitch's A Brahms Symphony has been a powerful experience.

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    Life's Second Chances

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    George Jones III joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and volunteered to be a combat medic in Vietnam. After returning from his tour, he became disillusioned with his treatment at home and re-enlisted. A few years later, he developed cancer but he credits luck for his recovery. Today, his work as a wood turner reminds him of the many second chances he’s received throughout his life.

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