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Seg. 1: U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver | Seg. 2: History of Black Banks

Segment 1: Congressman for Missouri's 5th district shares his stance on the current  impeachment inquiry.

Representative Emanuel Cleaver said constituents in Missouri's 5th District have mixed feelings on impeaching the president. Cleaver has been cautious in his calls for impeachment, but is now certain a crime was committed. Learn why he said, "It's not so much a political crime as it is a civil crime." 

Segement 2, beginning at 25:05: Blacks in America have a long history of saving, lending and borrowing money.

Very few financial institutions in this country would do business with blacks.  It wasn't until after Reconstruction that black banks appeared. Tim Todd related the history of those early banks and their importance in enabling former slaves and freemen in buying homes, starting businesses and owning land. Today, only 22 black-owned banks exist in the United States.

To obtain a complimentary hard copy or to download a PDF copy of "Let Us Put Our Money Together: The Founding of America's First Black Banks" go to the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City website.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.