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“To this day,…I remain perplexed as to how I could have studied American history for so long and with such feverish intensity without being aware of the absence of Black women,” writes Darlene Clark Hine in Hine Sight: Black Women and the Reconstruction of American History. But she’s made up for her initial omission. She edited the two-volume Black Women in America: An Historical Encyclopedia, which just became available in mainstream-friendly paperback, and her academic, painstakingly documented essays, collected in Hine Sight, investigate the importance of African-American women in the development of community from Emancipation to the present day. Hine discusses her work at 1 p.m. at Vertigo Books, 1337 Connecticut Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 429-9272. (Nathalie op de Beeck)