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    Historical Scholarship Through Fiction

    Authors Beverly Lowry, Harriet Tubman: Imagining A Life; Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name: A Novel; and Lorene Cary, The Price of a Child: A Novel analyzed slavery through fictional…

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    James Baldwin Speech

    In this 1979 speech Mr. Baldwin talked about being a black writer, about the civil rights movement, and other topics.

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    Lewis and Clark Journals

    Mr. Cox talked about the importance of the Lewis and Clark Journals in American history and examined the original manuscripts of thirty of their journals.

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    Theodore Roosevelt' s Life in the West

    Mr. Klemetsrud presented a portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt as a young man during his time as a rancher in North Dakota.

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    American Writers Montage

    Video clips from C-SPAN’s American Writers series were shown as part of an extended promotion for the re-air of part of the series.

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    The Life and Times of Russell Kirk

    The participants focused on Russell Kirk’s life and influences and how he developed post-World War II American conservatism. Dr. Kirk’s widow also spoke.

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    Russell Kirk and The Roots of American Order

    Mr. Whitney talked about Russell Kirk’s book, The Roots of American Order, about the history of American laws and social norms. After his presentation he answered audience…

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    William F. Buckley, Jr. Interview

    In an excerpt from the American Writers program, “Writings of Kirk and Buckley,” William F. Buckley, Jr. was interviewed at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He…

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    Book Discussion on Happy Days Were Here Again

    Author and commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. talked about his compendium titled Happy Days Were Here Again, published by Random House. The book is a collection of more than 120…

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    Class Discussion of The Fire Next Time

    At the high school where James Baldwin attended, a class of students discusses Baldwin and his book The Fire Next Time.

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    Memories of James Baldwin

    Mr. Stein was a close friend of James Baldwin and talked about his experiences. They both attended DeWitt Clinton High School.

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    Jim Irsay Interview

    Mr. Irsay is the new owner of Jack Kerouac’s original On the Road “scroll.”

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    Jack Kerouac Writers in Orlando

    Mr. Kealing talked about the Kerouac Writers-in-Residence Project that is housed in the Orlando apartment where Jack Kerouac lived with his mother before the publication of On the…

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    Rep. Meehan on Kerouac

    Rep. Meehan talked about the influence of Jack Kerouac and his writings on Lowell, Massachusetts. Rep. Meehan also grew up in Lowell.

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    Discussion of Jack Kerouac

    As a part of “Lowell Celebrates Kerouac,” students at Lowell High School, where Kerouac went to school, discussed Kerouac’s writings. Winners of last fall’s…

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    Interview with Jack Kerouac's Agent

    Mr. Lord talked about his experiences as Jack Kerouac’s agent.

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    Whittaker Chambers and Alger Hiss

    Mr. Hiss talked about his father, Alger Hiss, and the impact of the Chambers-Hiss perjury trial. Historical photographs were shown. He was interviewed in New York City on May 21,…

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    Influence of Ernie Pyle

    Dean Brown discussed Ernie Pyle’s legacy at Indiana University.

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    Ernie Pyle and War Reporting

    Mr. Cronkite spoke about news reporting in World War II, the journalism of Ernie Pyle, and his experiences as a correspondent.

    208 views
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    Ayn Rand and Hollywood

    Mr. Britting’s talk was titled, "Ayn Rand and Hollywood: Soviet Film School to The Fountainhead".

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