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    Book Discussion on Eleanor Roosevelt: Transformative First Lady

    Maurine Beasley recalls Eleanor Roosevelt’s years as first lady. The author details Mrs. Roosevelt’s ideological background, her engagement in politics, and her…

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    James Madison and the Bill of Rights

    Constitutional scholar Linda Monk discussed the achievement of the First Congress in passing the Bill of Rights. She examined Representative James Madison’s fight to have the…

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    New York City Civil War Draft Riots

    This week on The Civil War, author Iver Bernstein discussed the causes and consequences of the New York City Draft Riots of mid-July 1863, that resulted from the federal draft for…

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    Book Discussion on Jacqueline Kennedy: First Lady of the New Frontier

    Barbara Perry examines Jacqueline Kennedy’s tenure as first lady. The author recounts the transformative effect Mrs. Kennedy had on the office of the first lady, from her…

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    Senator Daniel Inouye Oral History Interview

    American History TV is airing a selection of oral history interviews with former and current Asian American members of Congress. This week we hear from Senator Daniel Inouye of Hawaii…

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    Lincoln, Congress, Grant, and the Lieutenant General Act

    Arizona State University history professor Brooks Simpson talked about the Lieutenant General Act of 1864. The act made Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general and gave him command of the…

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    Monitoring and Financing the Civil War

    This week on The Civil War, two speakers from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. First, author Fergus Bordewich talks about the Joint Committee on…

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    The Bull Run Panic

    Lesley Gordon talked about the First Battle of Bull Run and the ensuing panic in Washington, D.C. She showed slides during his presentation, after which she responded to questions from…

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    Personal and Political in Kate Brown's Washington

    Kate Masur spoke on the “Personal and Political in Kate Brown’s Washington.” She spoke about the life of Kate Brown, a 19th Century Capitol worker who protested…

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    Mary Todd Lincoln and Congress

    Catherine Clinton looked back at the life of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She discussed the Lincoln courtship and marriage as well as Mary’s introduction to Washington as a…

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    War Planning in 1861

    Brooks Simpson talked about the effect of popular expectations on Union war planning in 1861. He showed slides during his presentation, after which he responded to questions from members of…

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    Black Soldiers in the Civil War

    Despite a federal law banning black soldiers from serving in the U.S. Army, they nonetheless fought during the Civil War in both northern and southern regiments. John Stauffer spoke…

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    President Lincoln and Secession

    Orville Vernon Burton talked about President Lincoln and the problem of secession. Prior to the start of the Civil War, Washington, D.C., was deeply focused on the issues of secession…

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    German Immigrants in the Civil War

    This week on The Civil War, we hear from Mischa Honeck, an author and research fellow at the German Historical Institute, who talks about German immigrants and their motivations for…

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    The Kennedy White House and the Press

    A panel discussion was held on President Kennedy’s relationship with the press. The event was held in the State Department auditorium where President Kennedy held the first…

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    Emancipation During the Civil War

    Historian Gary Gallagher argued that the primary motive of the North during the Civil War was to preserve the “Union"-not to emancipate the slaves, but that Union forces were crucial…

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    Major General Robert Ross and the Burning of the Capitol

    Historian and researcher John McCavitt looks at the British perspective of the burning of Washington during the War of 1812. Major General Robert Ross led British troops into Washington in…

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    Establishment of the Legislative Branch

    Linda Monk and Mickey Edwards talked about the origins of the legislative branch and the roles and responsibilities of Congress. James Thurber moderated. The panelists responded…

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    The Civil War and Its Aftermath

    This week on The Civil War, the closing discussion from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. Several of the symposium’s presenters take questions…

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    Book Discussion on Freedom's Cap

    Guy Gugliotta recounts the construction of the United States Capitol building. Mr. Gugliotta examines the creation of the Capitol amongst the social and political landscape of the…

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