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    Dolley Madison Collection

    Susan Webster visited the Dolley Madison Collection at the Greensboro Historical Museum and talked about the first lady’s life during her time in Washington, D.C. Ms. Webster…

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    Birth of Washington, D.C.

    Kenneth Bowling talked about how Washington, D.C., became the Capital of the United States. He spoke about how the location was chosen, the figures that shaped the city’s…

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    Book Discussion on The Return of George Washington

    Professor Edward Larson talked about his book, The Return of George Washington: 1783-1789. This biography reveals the importance of General Washington reluctantly coming out of retirement…

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    George Washington and the 1787 Constitutional Convention

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington agreed to participate as the delegate from Virginia and was then voted to…

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    Colonial West

    Professor Paul Mapp talked about the interactions between the European colonial powers and Native American tribes on the Great Plains during the 1700s, and how horses and guns provided…

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    America and the Magna Carta

    Law professors talked about the origins of the Magna Carta and its influence on the U.S. Bill of Rights. This event took place at the Library of Congress, where a 1215 copy of the Magna…

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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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    Book Discussion on The Heroic Age

    Joseph Roxby talked about his book, The Heroic Age: Tales of Wheeling’s Frontier Era, about the details of the founding of Wheeling, West Virginia, and the pivotal people…

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    Election of 1796

    Jeffrey Pasley talked about the creation of American political parties, the issues they disagreed on, and the media wars they waged in 18th century newspapers. The election of 1796 was…

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    Restoration of La Belle

    Jim Bruseth talked about La Belle, one of four ships used by Robert de La Salle when he explored the Gulf of Mexico in the 1680s. The ship was discovered in 1997, and its conservation…

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    Book Discussion on An Empire on the Edge

    Nick Bunker talked about his book, An Empire on the Edge: How Britain Came to Fight America, about the three years preceding the start of the Revolutionary War. In his book, the author…

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    Battle of Tippecanoe

    Rick Conwell talked about the Battle of Tippecanoe and how it impacted westward expansion. William Henry Harrison led forces against a growing group of Native Americans living in…

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    Book Discussion on Nation Builder

    Charles Edel talked about his book, Nation Builder: John Quincy Adams and the Grand Strategy of the Republic, about John Quincy Adams' plans for the United States to become a global leader…

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    Book Discussion on The Great Debate

    Yuval Levin talked about his book, The Great Debate: Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine, and the Birth of Right and Left. This program was part of the the National Constitution Center’s…

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    Book Discussion on The Counter Revolution of 1776 and Race to Revolution

    Gerald Horne talked about his two books, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during…

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    George Washington and Benedict Arnold

    Historian Peter Henriques talked about George Washington’s relationship with General Benedict Arnold. Professor Henriques spoke about how Washington’s response to…

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    Spanish Colonization and the Pueblo Revolt

    Lieutenant Colonel John Roche talked about the relationship between the Spanish and Native Americans in New Mexico. He spoke about the factors that influenced the success of the Pueblo…

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    Bicentennial of the National Anthem

    Vice President Biden, Governor Martin O’Malley (D-MD) and others spoke at an event commemorating the 200th anniversary of the writing of the Star-Spangled Banner.

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    Taverns of Pre-Revolutionary New York City

    Benjamin Carp talked about the link between alcohol and politics in Pre-Revolutionary New York City. Professor Carp said that as central meeting places, taverns stimulated discussions…

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    William Jackson Palmer

    Leah Davis-Witherow talked about William Jackson Palmer, who was the founder of Colorado Springs and largely responsible for the city’s early growth. He helped bring the railroad…

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