History Detectives - Season 2, Episode 7 - Rotten Tomatoes

Ventriloquist Dummy; Witch's House; Poems

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How did a black ventriloquist affect early-20th-century race relations? Were a San Francisco Chinese-American woman's ancestors interned in the Angel Island detention center? (And did her great-grandfather die there?) And was an old house in Essex County, Mass., once owned by a woman accused of witchcraft? The house does sit on land once owned by a woman hanged for witchcraft in 1692. But is it that old? Detectives include appraisers Wesley Cowan and Elyse Luray, Columbia University architectural-history professor Gwendolyn Wright and University of Pennsylvania sociologist Tukufu Zuberi.

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