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Writing Black History With Scissors

Your Take: Scrapbook makers like William Henry Dorsey offer a unique look at African Americans' past.

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Ellen Gruber Garvey is the author of Writing With Scissors: American Scrapbooks From the Civil War to the Harlem, which contains information on many more African-American scrapbooks. She is a professor of English at New Jersey City University.

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