One of my favorite shows over the last 2 years is a show called The History Detectives which is a show produced by PBS. I have a deep and fundemental love for history (especially black history). I am very happy there is an African American male on the show, his name is Tukufu Zuberi. This brother is a very smooth , intelligent and articulate dude who represents himself well and deffinately adds to the show. The fact that he works in a scholastic field is something that black folks (youth) can be proud of because there are not enough black men or women who get such oppurtunities. Whenever I see a black man doing his thing in academia it makes me happy because thier are not enough. Keep representive for the rest of us Tukufu.
Now what makes the show good is that its supensful and informative all at the same time . Each show is split up into 3 or 4 segments, each segment starts with a guest who wants to know the story behind an artifact they collected, bought or inherited. One of the History Detectives meets with the guest, gets some initial info on the artifact and thus begans each episode. Sometimes stories have been passed down to the guest thru family members and others. The artifacts could be anything
from very old books- 18th century dolls, ect. In an effort to identity the items the detectives will search, through archives, libraries, newspapers, talk to historians as well as visit different places all over the country. They could be researching a doll allegedly given to a slave by Confederate General Robert E. Lee, or whether or not a famous Indian chief gave a former Union Army General a Tomahaw. It could be anything old artific one could think of.
This show is one that I always try to watch and Tukufu is my favorite history dectective In fact it was from Tukufu that I learned that Robert E Lee once ordered a slave who had run away to be whipped. I have used this juicy little tibit of information in my quest to re-educate lost cost Civil War bloggers who try to pretend that the Confederacy was not fighting for thier slave property. Also the children of the Confederate Clowns of America........oh Im sorry I meant to say Confederate States of America are going around trying to say that thier Wascaly little rebellion was about honor and principle. They even have the nerve to call it the war of Northern Agreession even though they fired the first shot. These Clowns seemed not to ever have come across the South Carolina Articles of Session where it clearly states the Confederate Clowns Of America were fighting because they feared loss of thier slaves. Now in Oxon Hill we have always refered to this behavior as white "Cooning". Anyway I have digressed let us return to the history detectives. After thorough research the detectives return to the guest house or sometimes they bring the guest to the field of study, sometimes they tell the guest things such as We cant confirm that the Lee family gave the doll to the slave, but thier are accounts of the Lees giving dolls as gifts much like the doll the guest owns. Sometimes it is discovered that the person the guest thought was associated with the with the artifact actually was. All in all I consider the History Detectives a very good show. I recomend it for anyone with a love of American history. Mark Bey