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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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    George Washington Portraits

    Hugh Howard talked about presidential portraits of George Washington and what audiences can learn about America’s first president from these depictions. He talked about the work…

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    Clinton Administration Economic Policy

    Former members of President Clinton’s administration talked about his economic policies, including the federal budget surplus, health care reform, and welfare tax credits. The Clinton…

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    George Washington and the 1787 Constitutional Convention

    Edward Larson talked about George Washington’s role in the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Washington agreed to participate as the delegate from Virginia and was then voted to…

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    Clinton Adminstration Foreign Policy

    Former members of the Clinton administration talked about the president’s foreign policy strategy and achievements. They spoke about the president’s response to events in…

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    Clinton Administration Domestic Policy

    Former members of President Clinton’s administration joined Bowdoin College government professor Andrew Rudalevige to look back at the domestic policies of the Clinton White…

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    Loathing Lincoln

    John McKee Barr talked about his book, Loathing Lincoln: An American Tradition from the Civil War to the Present. In his book, Mr. Barr argues that in order to better understand why…

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    Marriage of John and Abigail Adams

    Edith Gelles talked about the 54-year marriage between John and Abigail Adams. She said the couple’s letters are evidence of their strong and successful partnership. This program…

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