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At a ceremony Monday at the White House, President Trump defended his racist tweets against Democratic lawmakers. The language used in that tweet has a long history connected with nativist political movements. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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'Go Back Where You Came From': The Long Rhetorical Roots Of Trump's Racist Tweets

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Our voices convey so much more than just information. They can tell other people something essential about who we are. Angela Hsieh hide caption

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The spacesuit Neil Armstrong wore on the moon during the Apollo 11 mission 50 years ago. Apollo 11 blasted off for the moon on July 16, 1969, and Armstrong took his famed "giant leap" five days later. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Of Little Details And Lunar Dust: Preserving Neil Armstrong's Apollo 11 Spacesuit

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August 19, 1953: Massive protests broke out across Iran, leaving almost 300 dead in firefights in the streets of Tehran. Iranian Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh was soon overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the CIA and British intelligence. The Shah was reinstalled as Iran's leader. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Angela Saini, author of Superior: The Return of Race Science. Henrietta Garden hide caption

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Is 'Race Science' Making A Comeback?

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A memorial to the Rev. James Reeb, attacked near this site in 1965, stands in front of a faded civil rights mural in Selma, Ala. William Widmer for NPR hide caption

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FBI Records Could Have Solved A Civil Rights Cold Case. Now It's Too Late

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People hold portraits of Soviet leader Josef Stalin in December 2018 as they line up in Moscow to lay flowers at his grave. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Amid 'Quiet Rehabilitation Of Stalin,' Some Russians Honor The Memory Of His Victims

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A naturalization ceremony of new U.S. citizens at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas, Virginia. The U.S. citizenship oath today is 140 words. It wasn't until 1929 that the oath's text was standardized, and the oath was amended in 1952 to emphasize service to country as the U.S. faced a growing threat from the Soviet Union. Shuran Huang/NPR hide caption

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How The U.S. Citizenship Oath Came To Be What It Is Today

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A painting by John Trumbull titled Declaration of Independence hangs on the wall inside the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2017. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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A July 4 NPR Tradition: A Reading Of The Declaration Of Independence

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Around 1963, as the civil rights movement heated up, Nina Simone's music took a sharp turn toward activism. She would go on to create "To Be Young, Gifted and Black" in 1969 as a dedication to her friend, playwright Lorraine Hansberry, author of A Raisin in the Sun. Getty Images hide caption

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