The Artifacts Tell The Story

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Karina and Matthew talk about exploring historical artifacts up close, Karina’s visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the remarkable story behind an inscription on a clay pot from Edgefield, South Carolina, circa 1865.

This episode is sponsored by Book Riot Insiders and Last Kids on Earth by Max Brallier.

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National Museum of African American History and Culture

NMAAHC’s Digital Collection

Video of installing a segregation-era railway car, circa 1918 in the NMAAHC

Stoneware Storage Jar created by Dave the Potter

Greensboro Lunch Counter

Photograph of Emmett Till with his mother, Mamie Till Mobley

Artifacts of the Little Rock 9



Picture Books:

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill and Bryan Collier

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph by Roxane Orgill and Francis Vallejo

Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee by Andrea J. Loney and Keith Mallett

Middle Grade:

Midnight Without a Moon by Linda Williams Jackson

Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes

One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance by Nikki Grimes

This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley


Let us know what books you’ve loved about immigration and immigrants, or if you have a suggestion or book recommendation for an upcoming episode. Find us on email (, Twitter (@KarinaYanGlaser and @MatthewWinner), or Instagram (@KarinaIsReadingAndWriting and @MatthewCWinner).