|UND history professor on PBS's History Detectives|
UND history professor Eric Burin will be featured on the PBS television show History Detectives on Monday, Aug. 17, at 8 p.m. (CDT).
The episode showcases his research on the African colonization movement, a time in U.S. history from the early 1700s to late 1800s during which efforts were undertaken to send black Americans back to Africa.
An expert on Liberia, Burin was interviewed to discuss why some 19th century black Americans moved to the African colony, and to solve the mystery of whether one Florida man ever achieved his dream of emigrating there.
In 2005, Burin authored "Slavery and The Peculiar Solution: A History of the American Colonization Society." It is based on his extensive archival research and a database of 16,000 ACS emigrants. The book provides insights on the origins, intentions, activities, and fate of the colonization movement.
According to PBS, History Detectives explores “the complexities of historical mysteries, searching out the facts, myths and conundrums that connect local folklore, family legends and interesting objects.” The program is hosted by four historical investigation experts who specialize in architecture, popular culture, sociology, archeology, collectibles and genealogy.
PBS says the team employs “traditional investigative techniques, modern technologies, and plenty of legwork” to provide “insights into our national history.”
For more information, visit the History Detectives website: http://www.pbs.org/opb/historydetectives/investigations/708_liberia.html.
-- Patrick Miller, Writer/Editor, University Relations, email@example.com, 777-5529