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    Founding Fathers and U.S. Policy

    David Sehat talked about how Americans have sought the wisdom of the Founding Fathers to defend their policies. He spoke about the rivalry between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander…

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    Textual Tradition and the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the text of the Declaration of Independence and how it reflects the time it was written. Topics included the punctuation used in the document and the differences…

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    Interpreting the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the historical background and the original intent of the Declaration of Independence. They argued that starting in the 19th century abolitionists focused on the…

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    Book Discussion on The Witches

    Stacy Schiff talked about her book, The Witches: Salem, 1692. She was interviewed at BookExpo America, the publishing industry’s annual trade show, held at the Javits Convention…

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    Independence Hall Assembly Room

    National Park Service Park Ranger Matthew Ifill told the story of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention from the room inside Independence Hall where the events…

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    Early Afro-Mexican Settlers in California

    Professor Carlos Manuel Salomon, author of Pio Pico: The Last Governor of Mexican California, talked about Mexicans of African descent who were some of the first non-Indian settlers in…

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    Religious Pacifists and the American Revolution

    Professor Jared Burkholder talked about the difference between pacifist groups during the American Revolution. Professor Burkholder argued that the application of pacifist principles…

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    Religious Growth in Early America

    Panelists talked about factors that contributed to religious growth in America between the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. The spoke about examples such as African Americans'…

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    Book Discussion on The Great Divide

    Historian Thomas Fleming talked about his book The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined A Nation, in which he examines the differences of political…

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    John Hanson and the Articles of Confederation

    Peter Hanson Michael talked about John Hanson, who served as President of Congress under the Articles of Confederation, and argued that John Hanson was the first president of the United…

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    Book Discussion on Spain

    Martha Gutierrez Steinkamp talked about her book, Spain: The Forgotten Alliance: Independence of the United States, about the role Spain played in the Revolutionary War. Spain offered…

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    National Constitution Center Signer's Hall

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the permanent exhibit of 42 bronze statues of America’s Founding Fathers, and talked about the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

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    Religious Freedom in Early America

    Panelists talked about how Christianity and other religious traditions, such as those of the Native Americans and Mormons, clashed in early America, and how Christian principles shaped the…

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    Constitutional Convention of 1787

    Professor Jack Rakove talked about some of the issues debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, such as the number of representatives for each state and the method of…

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    Panel Discussion on American History

    Edward Larson, The Return of George Washington, 1783-1789; Scott Martelle, The Madman and the Assassin: The Strange Life of Boston Corbett, the Man Who Killed John Wilkes Booth; and Richard…

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    History of Fort Mose

    Vicki Tiseth and Kathleen Deagan talked about the history of Fort Mose and what researchers learned about the Fort during excavations that took place more than 250 years after its…

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    Slavery and the Freedom Trials

    Lea VanderVelde talked about slaves who used the law as a pathway to freedom prior to the Civil War. She spoke about how slaves contributed to building frontier communities and…

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    St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Archaeology

    Shannon O’Neill talked about the underwater archeological research at the First Light Maritime Society in St. Augustine, Florida. She spoke about the discovery of a…

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    St. Augustine's Oldest Home

    Susan Parker talked about the families that have lived in the Gonzalez-Alvarez House, St. Augustine, Florida’s, oldest home. Ms. Parker also spoke about how the city…

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    Castillo de San Marcos

    Joe Brehm gave a tour of the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States, and talked about its history. The fort was built in 1672 while the city…

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