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    Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England

    Professor Andrew Wehrman talked about smallpox in Revolutionary era America and the campaign to inoculate colonists, which was promoted by political leaders like John Adams. Adams, his…

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    Adams Family Correspondence

    Panelists talked about the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams and their son John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa. br/ This panel took place at an event marking John and Abigail…

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    Marriage of John and Abigail Adams

    Edith Gelles talked about the 54-year marriage between John and Abigail Adams. She said the couple’s letters are evidence of their strong and successful partnership. br/ This…

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    Remembering Charles Sumner

    A program was given to highlight the efforts and achievements of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner during the bicentennial year of his birth and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He was…

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    Book Discussion on Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

    James Kloppenberg, chair of the history department at Harvard University, explores the philosophical, political, and historical studies of President Barack Obama. Mr. Kloppenberg…

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    Book Discussion on Abigail Adams

    Woody Holton talked about his biography Abigail Adams (Free Press; November 3, 2009). Mr. Holton focused on the first lady’s writings and reported that she championed the…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy

    Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following…

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    The Place of the Past in American Life

    David Glassberg spoke about the historical significance of the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, that opened the Revolutionary War. Professor Glassberg’s…

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    Book Discussion on The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    Ken Burns talked about next film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which would premier on PBS in the fall of 2009. He discussed the people, ideas, circumstances, and events…

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    Book Discussion on My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

    John and Abigail Adams kept a written correspondence throughout their relationship that contained a commentary on the political landscape of the newly formed country. My Dearest…

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    Book Discussion on Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

    Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group…

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    Book Discussion on The Education of Henry Adams

    Edward Chalfant and Conrad Wright talked about the book they co-edited, The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1907…

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    U.S-France Relations from an Historical Perspective

    At the Harvard Club, David McCullough spoke about the relationship between the United States and France from a cultural and historical perspective. He discussed the effect of the…

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    Book Discussion on A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

    Carol Berkin discussed her book A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, published by Harcourt. The book relates the story of the summer of 1787, when a group of men…

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    Book Discussion on John Adams: Party of One

    James Grant talked about his book John Adams: Party of One, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He described John Adams as an independent-minded president. The book recounted…

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    Book Discussion on His Excellency: George Washington

    Professor Ellis talks about his book His Excellency: George Washington, published by Knopf. The author explains Washington’s position on several issues, including expansion and…

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    Book Discussion on In The Devil's Snare

    Ms. Norton talked about her book, In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is a re-examination of the 17th-century…

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    Book Discussion on Jack: A Life Like No Other

    Mr. Perret talked about his biography of John F. Kennedy, Jack: A Life Like No Other, published by Random House. During his presentation, Mr. Perret explored John F.…

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    Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind

    As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” scholars discussed and compared their work on “Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind.” They also…

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