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    Revisiting the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the historical background and the original intent of the Declaration of Independence. They argued that starting in the 19th century abolitionists focused on the…

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    Textual Tradition and the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the text of the Declaration of Independence and how it reflects the time it was written. Topics included the punctuation used in the document and the differences…

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    Book Discussion on Reagan

    H.W. Brands talked about his book Reagan: A Life, in which he recounts the life and political career of America’s 40th president.

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    Women in Civil Rights Leadership

    Panelists talked about women in leadership roles in political movements for Civil Rights. They spoke about the similarities between historic struggles for Civil Rights and current…

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    RMS Lusitania Departing New York City on Final Voyage

    This silent newsreel film from 1915 shows passengers boarding the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-Boat six days later off the coast of Ireland.

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    Book Discussion on A Higher Standard

    General Ann Dunwoody (Retired) talked about her book A Higher Standard: Leadership Strategies from America’s First Female Four-Star General, in which she recalls her life and military…

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    Women's Suffrage and the Temperance Movement

    Panelists talked about how the late 19th and early 20th century temperance and suffrage movements complemented each other and led to increased economic, social, and political activity by…

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    Grant Memorial Dedication

    This 1922 U.S. Army Signal Corps silent film of the dedication of the Grant Memorial, held on the U.S. capitol grounds, included marching bands and a parade of American Civil War veterans.

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    Private Lives and Public Images of the First Ladies

    Susan Swain led a panel discussion on how the first ladies of the United States have tried to balance their families' private lives with public expectations of the first family. Topics…

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    Slavery and the Freedom Trials

    Lea VanderVelde talked about slaves who used the law as a pathway to freedom prior to the Civil War. She spoke about how slaves contributed to building frontier communities and…

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    President Nixon's Foreign Policy

    Former members of President Nixon’s National Security Council talked about his foreign policy. Topics include “Vietnamization,” the Paris Peace Accords, and foreign…

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    History of Presidential Drinking

    Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking, talked about the drinking habits of American presidents and how alcohol has…

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    150 Years After the Freedman's Bank

    Panelists talked about the issue of black poverty in America 150 years after the creation of the Freedman’s Savings Bank. Incorporated by Congress on March 3, 1865, the…

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    History of the Freedman's Bank

    Damani Davis talked about the history of the Freedman’s Savings Bank and the relevant documents housed at the archives. Incorporated by Congress on March 3, 1865, the Freedman’s…

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    Book Discussion on A Chosen Exile

    Allyson Hobbs talked about her book A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in which she examines the lives of African Americans who chose to pass as white between the…

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    President Nixon's Visit to China

    Former National Security Council and State Department officials from the Nixon Administration talked about President Nixon’s efforts to normalize relations with China in the early…

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    Soviet Spy Couple and the Atom Bomb

    Panelists talked about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the spy couple who leaked the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union in the 1950s. They spoke about the Rosenberg’s devotion…

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    Civil War Soldiers' Letters

    John Emond read letters from ordinary Civil War soldiers, placing the letters in the context of the war as well as the soldiers' daily lives, which he says were defined by personal…

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    Holidays at the White House

    Panelists talked about White House holiday decorations throughout history. Panelists included Lynda Johnson Robb, Genevieve Gorder, Gary Walter, and Coleen Christian Burke. The…

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    Book Discussion on Lincoln and the Power of the Press

    Harold Holzer talked about his book, Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion, about the 16th president’s relationship with the media. In his book, the…

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