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    Political Career of Senator William Proxmire

    Michael Edmonds talked about Senator William Proxmire and shared personal stories told by Proxmire’s family and former co-workers. Mr. Edmonds also showed some of the papers of the Senator, who created the Golden Fleece Awards and pushed for a treaty decrying genocide. William Proxmire was elected to the Senate in 1957, filling the seat left vacant by Joseph McCarthy. During his career, Senator Proxmire fought against wasteful government spending by awarding what he called his Golden Fleece Awards. Proxmire also urged Congress to ratify what became known as the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the crime of Genocide.

    C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2014 LCV Cities Tour” in Madison, Wisconsin, from September 19-23 to feature the history and literary life of the community. Working with the Charter cable local affiliate, they visited literary and historic sites where local historians, authors, and civic leaders were interviewed. 

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    Book Discussion on The Dynamite Club

    John Merriman talked about his book The Dynamite Club: How a Bombing in Fin-de-Siecle Paris Ignited the Age of Modern Terror (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; February 12, 2009). In his book Professor Merriman recounts the detonation of a bomb in a Parisian cafe on February 12, 1894, by French anarchist Emile Henry. This attack against ordinary people was a precursor to the modern style of terrorism. He examines Henry’s ideological arguments for his act of indiscriminate violence and documents the ensuing years of attacks by other anarchists in public locations, which included the assassination of French President Sadi Carnot and U.S. President William McKinley. Professor Merriman responded to questions from members of the audience.