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Tonight on WXDU News, we will explore freedom and remembrance as Americans prepare to celebrate the 4th of July on Friday.
First at 6:00, in an episode called "The Right to Vote," Humankind discusses one of America's most central freedoms--the right to vote--and the history of certain groups being denied that right. This episode examines the disenfranchisement of women and African Americans into the 20th Century, the impact of voter identification laws, and the laws that prevent convicted felons from voting after their release from prison.
Next at 7:00, Backstory with the American History Guys takes a look at national remembrance in a rebroadcast of the episode "Monumental Disagreements." The guys discuss the development of and controversies surrounding American memorials, including Confederate monuments, Mount Rushmore, the Washington Monument, and the memorial for Heyward Shepherd in Harper's Ferry, West Virginia. You can find more information about this and other episodes on the Backstory website, backstoryradio.org.