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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes…

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    Sherman's March to the Sea

    Anne Sarah Rubin talked about Union General William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea and the concept of “civilized war.” In November and December of 1864, General…

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    Old Hall of the House of Representatives

    Richard Chenoweth presented his forensic reconstruction of the Old Hall of the House of Representatives as it appeared prior to the burning of the Capitol in 1814. Mr. Chenoweth said…

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    National Statuary Hall Collection

    U.S. Capitol Historical Society associate historian William diGiacomantonio led a virtual tour of National Statuary Hall. He spoke about the process by which statues enter the…

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    Book Discussion on Washington Metroland

    Mark Ozer talked about his book, Washington Metroland, in which he tells the story of the Metro system as part of the history of the Washington region. In his book, he looks at the…

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    Graphic Origins of the U.S. Capitol Rotunda

    Washington, D.C. architectural historian and U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship recipient Don Alexander Hawkins talked about his research on the evolution of the Capitol design from…

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    Building the U.S. Capitol

    Guy Gugliotta talked about the development and evolution of the U.S. Capitol building, which was started in 1790 with the help of slave labor. The Capitol was rebuilt after it was…

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    Washington, DC During the Civil War

    Author Kenneth Winkle talked about the transformation of Washington, DC during the Civil War, from a town with pockets of pro-slavery sympathizers, to the nerve center of the Union and a…

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    Dakota Rebellion of 1862

    Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman talked about the Dakota Sioux rebellion that took place in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. Mr. Finkelman spoke about the political…

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    Daniel Boone in U.S. Capitol Art

    Art historian and U.S. Capitol Historical Society Fellowship recipient Debra Hanson talked about the artistic representations in the United States Capitol of American frontiersman Daniel…

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    Comity and Contention in Congress

    Former Republican and Democratic members of Congress talked about how personal relationships on Capitol Hill have changed in the past fifty years, and how important those relationships are…

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    Lincoln and the Dakota War of 1862

    Historians discussed the Dakota War of 1862. The conflict in Minnesota resulted in the mass execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men. The participants discussed the actions of General…

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    Senator Daniel Akaka Oral History Interview

    Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii, the first U.S. Senator with Native Hawaiian ancestry, was an eyewitness to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor and served during World War II with the U.S.…

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    Representative Doris Matsui Oral History Interview

    Next, we feature U.S. Representative Doris Matsui of California who serves on the House Rules Committee and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. During the Clinton…

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    Representative Mike Honda 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 Representative Mike Honda of…

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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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    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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    Changes in the Senate Since the 1960s

    U.S. Senate Historian Don Ritchie talked about changes in the Senate since the 1960s. He displayed a picture taken in the Senate chamber on September 24, 1963, which he said represents a…

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    Norman Mineta Oral History Interview

    Norman Mineta, a Democrat from California, served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995, as Commerce Secretary for President Clinton, and Transportation Secretary for…

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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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