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Famed Black Panther leader Huey Newton was arrested in Santa Cruz County on May 11, 1978. He was charged with ... [Read more]

Americans of African lineage are a people whose historical legacy is of one bondage. Men and women stolen from their ... [Read more]

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A Walk Through Time: Joseph Smallwood, by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow
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A Walk Through Time: "Uncle" Dave Boffman, by Janet Krassow and Randy Krassow
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A demoralized Dave Boffman moved back to town and went to work as a day laborer. He was employed for ... [Read more]

For thirty-six years he lived quietly on a small homestead which was located atop a wooded hill at the end ... [Read more]

Oscar Thomas "O.T." Jackson, by Phil Reader
As a young man, he had cut hair for a number of years at a small barber shop in the ... [Read more]

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Fred Swanton's boardwalk dates from 1904, but few know that he created his boardwalk on top of another, which makes it the oldest boardwalk in the West. Had it not been for a war and a divorce, the beachfront resort facilities might not have developed as early as they did.

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Excerpted from A First in Hot Bathing -- How a War and a Divorce Figured in the Birth of the Boardwalk in 1868 by Ross Eric Gibson