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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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    Book Discussion on Singing for Freedom

    Scott Gac talked about his book, Singing for Freedom: The Hutchinson Family Singers and the Nineteenth Century Culture of Antebellum Reform, about one of the most famous American family…

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    Boston Tea Party Debate

    On the anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, re-enactors and observers recreated the debate that took place in the Old South Meeting House, blocks away from Griffin’s Wharf. On…

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    Book Discussion on The Logbooks

    Anne Farrow talked about her book, The Logbooks: Connecticut’s Slave Ships and Human Memory, about the logbooks of Connecticut’s slave ships and their role in helping to tell…

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    Colonial Williamsburg Courthouse

    Tom Hay gave a tour of the Courthouse building in Colonial Williamsburg and talked about the legal process in the colonial era, including the role of justices, clerks, and lawyers both…

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    Book Discussion on War of Two

    John Sedgwick talked about his book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation, in which he examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice…

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    "Constituting Liberty" Exhibit

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the “Constituting Liberty” exhibit, which features rare copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of…

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    Puritans and Religious Freedom

    Professor Kevin Gooding talked about the Puritans in early colonial America and the idea of religious freedom, in particular how the Puritans dealt with those who dissented from the…

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    Whitney Plantation and Slavery

    John Cummings talked about the Whitney Plantation, a Louisiana plantation dating back to the late 1750s, which Cummings bought and turned into a museum devoted to telling the story of…

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    Book Discussion on The Witches

    Stacy Schiff talked about her book The Witches: Salem, 1692, in which she recalls the Salem Witch Trials.

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    Worcester Revolution of 1774

    Jim Moran talked about the Worcester Revolution of 1774, in which more than 4,000 militiamen from Worcester County, Massachusetts, gathered on Main Street to force the British magistrates…

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    Abby Kelley Foster

    Lynne Lydick and Jim Moran talked about abolitionist and women’s rights activist Abby Kelley Foster. A native of Worcester, Massachusetts, Ms. Foster was one of nine women…

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    Enlightenment Era in America

    Professor Andrew Burstein talked about the Enlightenment era in America and the ideas that shaped the politics and morals of the Revolutionary generation. He spoke about Benjamin…

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    Book Discussion on Keeping the Republic

    Robert Smith talked about his book, Keeping the Republic: Ideology and Early American Diplomacy, about the roles played by John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton, and James…

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    African American Slavery in California

    Professor Jean Pfaelzer talked about African-American slavery in California. She spoke about how and when slaves were brought West and talks about California’s role in the Civil…

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    Monterey Custom House

    Michael Green talked about the Custom House in Monterey, California, and the city’s role in trade. Built in the 1800s, the Custom House controlled Mexico’s primary port of…

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    Pamphlets and the American Revolution

    Gordon Wood talked about the role of political pamphlets in helping to spark the American Revolution. Pamphlets were the primary medium for political debates at the…

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    Colonial Williamsburg Governor's Palace

    Kimberly Ivey and historical interpreter Audrey Biser gave a tour of the Governor’s Palace in Williamsburg, Virginia, and spoke about the role of the royal governor and the beginning…

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