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American Icons

The stories behind America’s most iconic works of art. Produced by PRI, and supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

From “The Great Gatsby,” to “Native Son,” to “I Love Lucy,” American Icons takes you inside some of the most influential works of art. Deeply researched and beautifully scored, the pieces bring history to life and life to history, and examine how artists continue to provoke, challenge, and entertain us.

Arts, Culture & Media

"Uncle Tom's Cabin"

More than any other novel, “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” helped promote the abolitionist cause. So how did “Uncle Tom” become a name for someone who betrays his race?

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