During the 1870s, more than a dozen African American men, many of whom had been born into slavery, were elected to the U.S. Congress.

These political pioneers symbolized the sky high hopes of millions of former slaves during the years right after the Civil War. It was a period that ended all too quickly. But it happened. Mo talks to Professor Henry Louis Gates, Reconstruction historian Eric Foner, and a descendant of one of the legendary lawmakers.

The Mobituaries book is out now.

If you love the stories of the remarkable people (and things) that Mo profiles on his Mobituaries podcast, then look for the Mobituaries book on November 5, 2019. It’s filled with new stories you haven’t heard on the podcast. You’ll learn about Marlene Dietrich, the pre-presidency of Herbert Hoover, Ada Lovelace – the 19th century mathematician credited as the first computer programmer, and the strange afterlife of Einstein’s brain. You can purchase the book on Amazon or Barnes & Noble, or at your favorite independent bookstore. The audiobook is now available on Audible, the Google Play store, and Apple Books.