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    Campaign and Election Tactics

    Jon Grinspan and Zephyr Teachout talked about the tactics used by political parties in the late 19th century to secure votes, with public rallies, newspapers and even bars playing a…

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    History of Political Polling

    Vanderbilt University history professor Sarah Igo, and Washington Post polling director Jon Cohen talked about the history of political polling in America at the Smithsonian National Museum…

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    Innovations in Campaign Advertising

    David Schwartz presented numerous selections from his online exhibit, “The Living Room Candidate,” which features more than 300 television commercials from every presidential…

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    Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    Duke University History Professor Thavolia Glymph and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers were among the historians who explored the circumstances, outcomes, and ongoing…

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    Presidential Campaign Memorabilia

    We take you behind-the-scenes at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History for a look at presidential campaign memorabilia dating from the time of George…

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    Smithsonian September 11 Collections

    In December, 2001, Congress designated the Smithsonian American History Museum as the national repository of September 11 collections. The exhibit “September 11: Remembrance and…

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    The Legacy of Operation Pedro Pan

    In the early 1960s more than 14,000 Cuban children arrived alone in the United States in the movement now known as Operation Pedro Pan. Dick Lobo moderated a roundtable discussion with…

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    Re-Opening of the National Museum of American History

    President Bush spoke at a ceremony marking the re-opening of the National Museum of American History, which had been closed for renovations since September 5, 2006. The museum would be open…

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    Book Discussion on The Curious Life of Robert Hooke

    Ms. Jardine talked about her book The Curious Life of Robert Hooke: The Man Who Measured London, published by HarperCollins. It is a biography of scientist, inventor, architect,…

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    Presidential Biographers

    Members of a President’s Day panel talked about the presidential biographies they wrote for Times Books' American Presidents series. Mr. Schlesinger, the general editor of…

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    Book Discussion on The Peloponnesian War

    Professor Kagan talked about his book, The Peloponnesian War, published by Viking. In this lecture, he explored the modern lessons that could be drawn from this conflict between the…

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    America: A Patriotic Primer: Book Party

    Mrs. Cheney spoke at an event marking the publication of her new children’s book, America: A Patriotic Primer. The book is a history of the United States told through the stories…

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