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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. br/ 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. br/ 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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    Zebulon Pike and Pikes Peak

    Matt Mayberry talked about Zebulon Pike and how the peak that bears his name became a symbol for exploration, the gold rush, settlement, and tourism in the Colorado Springs area. br/ The…

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    Book Discussion on Empires, Nations, and Families

    Anne Hyde talked about her book, Empires, Nations, and Families: A New History of the North American West, 1800-1860, in which she chronicles the lives of people living in the West…

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    Spencer Penrose and Colorado Springs

    Thayer Tutt talked about Spencer Penrose, who, along with William Jackson Palmer, is credited with the early growth of Colorado Springs, Colorado. Mr. Penrose’s vision for…

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    Naval Warfare in the American Revolution

    Dennis Conrad talked about America’s naval heritage and the changes in the nature of naval warfare during the American Revolution. Mr. Conrad also described how ships from…

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    Material Culture of the Colonial South

    Ronald Hurst talked about how what people imported, made, and used in the colonial American South was often influenced by their ethnicity and religion. He spoke about how furniture,…

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