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    Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin and spoke about the experiences of the Swiss founding father and immigration laws in the early American republic. Geneva native Albert Gallatin…

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    Book Discussion on The Founders and the Idea of a National University

    Professor George Thomas talked about his book, The Founders and the Idea of a National University: Constituting the American Mind. This interview, conducted at Claremont McKenna College, is…

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    Book Discussion on Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon Reed and Peter Onuf spoke about their book, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. They spoke from the H.L. Mencken Non-Fiction…

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    Book Discussion on The Fever of 1721

    Stephen Coss talked about his book The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics, in which he recalls a smallpox outbreak in Boston in April 1721 that…

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    Q&A with Ron Chernow

    Ron Chernow talked about his 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted into the Broadway musical Hamilton.

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    French Influence on 1790s Philadelphia

    Professor Francois Furstenberg talked about five aristocrats who fled the French Revolution in the early 1790s and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He spoke about about French…

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    "Remembering the Revolution" Exhibit, Part 1

    Heidi Campbell-Shoaf, chief curator of the Daughters of the American Revolution Museum, gave a tour of an exhibit marking the 125th anniversary of the organization. The Daughters of…

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    Bill of Rights Creation and Ratification

    Historians and authors talked about the state of the new nation after the U.S. constitution’s ratification and the debate over adding a Bill of Rights. They also spoke about how…

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    Alexandria Apothecary Shop

    The Stabler-Leadbeater Apothecary Shop was profiled and guests talked about how the practice and business evolved during the time the shop was in operation.

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    Hamilton from Book to Play

    Ron Chernow talked about his book Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted into a Broadway musical. Mr. Chernow spoke about the success of the show, written by and starring…

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    Book Discussion on Respectable and Disreputable

    Jeffrey Benton talked about his book, Respectable and Disreputable: Leisure Time in Antebellum Montgomery, about how residents of Montgomery, Alabama, during the Antebellum era spent their…

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    Constitution and Bill of Rights Debate

    Richard Brookhiser talked about the Constitutional Convention and the debate over whether to include a bill of rights in the founding document.

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    Book Discussion on The Invisibles

    Jesse Holland talked about his book The Invisibles: The Untold Story of African American Slaves in the White House, in which he looks at the lives of slaves in the White House and reports…

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    Culture of the Antebellum Congress

    Professor Thomas Balcerski talked about the culture of Congress in the Antebellum Era. He described how members of Congress in the early 1800s bonded across party lines through tobacco…

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    Congress Hall

    Matthew Ifill talked about Congress Hall, located next to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The U.S. Congress met in the building from 1790 to 1800 and Presidents George…

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    Eliza Jumel and Aaron Burr

    Margaret Oppenheimer talked about her book, The Remarkable Rise of Eliza Jumel: A Story of Marriage and Money in the Early Republic. Born into poverty, Eliza Jumel became one of the richest…

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    Lewis and Clark's Expedition

    Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola talked about their book, Mapping the West with Lewis in Clark. They also displayed the original 1814 map that was created by Meriwether Lewis and William…

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    Book Discussion on George Washington's Journey

    T.H. Breen talked about his book George Washington’s Journey: The President Forges a New Nation, in which he recalls George Washington’s trips across thirteen states during the…

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    Victory with No Name

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about the significance of the 1791 Native American defeat of the U.S. Army over disputed Ohio territory.

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    Founding Era Music and Politics

    Professor Kirsten Wood talked about the political use of music during the founding era of the United States. She explained that patriotic music created in this period was used for many…

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