Temple University Article

Temple University School of Communication and Theater picked-up a story about the book. Murray Dubin is an alumni of the Journalism program at Temple University.

Journalism alumnus’ book examines ‘forgotten’ civil rights leader

By jcronin | Published: October 25, 2010

Murray Dubin, JOUR ’69, and Dan Biddle appeared on the Oct. 17 edition of “All Things Considered” on NPR to discuss their book, Tasting Freedom: Octavius Catto and the Battle for Equality in Civil War America, published by Temple University Press.  Check out the full article here »

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A Call to Arms

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This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.