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Memorial Day

  • Aired: 12/17/2012
  • 02:55
  • Rating: NR
After the Civil War, freed African Americans in Charleston, South Carolina established the tradition of what we have come to know as Memorial Day -- From "Death and the Civil War"
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The origin of what we have come to know as Memorial Day. --From "Death and the Civil War"
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