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    U.S. Capitol Complex Security

    Terrance Gainer talked about the security of the U.S. Capitol complex following a series of shootings on Parliament Hill in the Canadian capital of Ottawa.

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    Reform Party Founding Convention

    Mr. Perot spoke before over 400 delegates attending the three day convention in Kansas City, MO. Mr. Perot was recognized by resolution as the founder of the Reform Party. He commented on the differences between the Democratic and Republican parties as opposed to the Reform Party.

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    Political Unrest in the Early American Republic

    Professor Watson Jennison talked about the significance of local uprisings against the Federalist-led U.S. government in the 1790s. He focused on the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania and the formation of the Trans-Oconee Republic in western Georgia in order to illustrate the spread of discontent across the new republic. Jennison said this unrest led to the establishment of the first true political parties in U.S.

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    Q&A with Jenny Beth Martin

    Jenny Beth Martin talked about her book, Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution, on her role in founding the tea party movement and the grassroots level work it was accomplishing around the country. She discussed the idea behind founding the organization, its immediate impact, the issues the movement stands for, and and challenges from other wings of the Republican Party. She also talked about her personal life, including having to file for bankruptcy as she became involved with the tea party movement.

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    Book Discussion on Machine Made

    Terry Golway talked about his book, Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics, in which he recounts Tammany Hall politics in New York City. In his book, the author contends that the political machine that controlled the city’s Democratic Party in the 19th century has been miscast as crooked. Instead, he asserts that Tammany Hall afforded immigrants to New York a political voice and was responsible for social and political reforms, including greater worker’s compensation and a ban on child labor. Terry Golway spoke at the Irish Arts Center in New York City.

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    Socialist Labor Party Candidate Frank T. Johns

    Nate Pedersen talked about Socialist Labor Party candidate Frank T. Johns, and visited the site in Bend, Oregon where he died in 1928. Johns was giving a stump speech in Bend when a boy fell into the Deschutes River and was taken downstream. Johns stopped his speech, and jumped into the water to save him and they were both swept away by the current. 

    C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2014 LCV Cities Tour” in Bend, Oregon, from March 3-5, to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the BendBroadband Cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. The history segments air on American History TV (AHTV) on C-SPAN3 and the literary events/non-fiction author segments air on BookTV on C-SPAN2.