Tabula Rosa

Friday, August 27, 2010


Most historical accounts of Rosa Parks focus on the story we all know: how the humble seamstress changed history by refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man. But while that account is accurate, it's only part of her story. In this interview we originally aired in 2005, Bob talks with Duke historian Tim Tyson about the construction of an American hero.

Comments [1]

Mike White from Westland, MI

Guys, guys... How many times are you going to run this segment? Feels like I just heard it (three times in the last 20 months?). I think that the studies you quoted in this episode might lead me to believe that no matter how many times you run "Tabula Rosa", people are still going to believe the myth and not the truth.

I'm surprised you don't quote from "Barbershop" in this piece just to add a little more flourish to the story -

As a Metro Detroit resident, I can attest that Parks's legacy has been greatly exaggerated but that doesn't excuse the continued repeats of this piece. I got old after the second time.

Sep. 06 2010 08:30 PM

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