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    White House and the Presidency

    Paul Brandus talked about his book Under This Roof: The White House and the Presidency - 21 Presidents, 21 Rooms, 21 Inside Stories, in which he explains how presidents from George…

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    George Washington's and Billy Lee

    James Thompson discusses why George Washington may have granted his personal slave land and freedom. William Lee, known as Billy Lee, was George Washington’s personal slave, and…

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    President Franklin Roosevelt and the United Nations

    In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the signing of the United Nations Charter, a panel of experts discussed President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s original vision and compared it…

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    Presidents Coolidge and Reagan

    Historians and former legislators talk about which president, Calvin Coolidge or Ronald Reagan, is the better model for contemporary Republican candidates. They spoke about the foreign…

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    Book Discussion on America's Political Dynasties

    Stephen Hess talked about his book America’s Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton, in which he outlines the criteria for what he believes makes up a dynasty and discusses some…

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    Re-evaluating Mary Lincoln

    Author Catherine Clinton talked about the changing historical narratives about President Lincoln’s wife, Mary. She spoke about how Mary would have been remembered if she had died…

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    George Washington's Cabinet

    David and Jeanne Heidler talked about their book Washington’s Circle: The Creation of the President, in which they explore the relationship between the first president and his…

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    Greatest Generation in the White House

    Theodore Wilson talked about the military veterans who served in the Oval Office, including Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald…

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    Assassination of John F. Kennedy

    Ralph Nurnberger talked about the events of November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas, when President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed while riding in his motorcade. Professor Nurnberger…

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    Assassination of President James Garfield

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about the stories behind and the historical impact of the assassination of President James Garfield. President Garfield had hoped to challenge pockets…

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    Ronald Reagan Symposium, Panel 2

    President Ronald Reagan’s “Washington Abbey” speech, in which Reagan addressed the British Parliament about the Soviet threat, was shown. Then, panelists talked about…

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    Winston Churchill and American Presidents

    Professor John Maurer talked about Winston Churchill’s relationship with American presidents, including Teddy Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, and Franklin Roosevelt. Professor Maurer…

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    Ronald Reagan Symposium, Panel 1

    Panelists talked about the controversy that surrounded President Reagan’s use of the phrase “Evil Empire” to describe the Soviet Union, as well as his mandate to Russian…

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    Truman's Presidency and World War II

    David McCullough talked about Harry S. Truman’s presidency and World War II. He said that President Truman’s humility and quiet courage, stemming from his working class…

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    President Nixon's Foreign Policy

    Former members of President Nixon’s National Security Council talked about his foreign policy. Topics include “Vietnamization,” the Paris Peace Accords, and foreign…

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    Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass

    Two actors read the letters and diaries of Civil War leaders Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass and explore the relationship between the two men. Although the two men met on a…

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    Woodrow Wilson's Second Term

    Professor Margaret MacMillan talked about President Woodrow Wilson’s second term from 1917 to 1921. Once the U.S. entered the first World War in 1917, the majority of President…

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    President Nixon's Visit to China

    Former National Security Council and State Department officials from the Nixon Administration talked about President Nixon’s efforts to normalize relations with China in the early…

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    Amateur Depictions of George Washington

    Wendy Wick Reaves talked about how George Washington’s contemporaries depicted him in amateur sketches and drawings, including lesser-known images of George Washington that circulated…

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    Thomas Jefferson's Union

    Professors Gary Gallagher and Peter Onuf talked about the tenets of federalism and the meaning behind the idea of a union of states from the perspective of President Thomas…

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