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    Women's Liberation Movement

    Professor Stacy Cordery talked about the ideals and goals that drove feminists and the Women’s Liberation Movement in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The class discussed several…

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    The French in Colonial North America

    Brett Rushforth talked about France’s impact on North America in the early 1700s. He also detailed the territorial tensions between the French and Great Britain that brought the Seven…

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    American Racial Concepts and Plessy v. Ferguson

    Bowie State University history professor Tamara Brown talks about the American concept of race and how it factored into the Supreme Court’s 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision. The…

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    Alcohol Use in the Early American Republic

    Professor Alan Taylor talked about alcohol use in the early American republic. By 1830, annual alcohol consumption in America reached four gallons per person, the most in the history…

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    Motivations of Civil War Soldiers

    Christopher Hamner talked about the factors that motivated Union and Confederate soldiers during different periods of the Civil War. Hamner explained how things like patriotism, money,…

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    Korean War POWs

    Professor Lori Bogle talked about the American soldiers taken prisoner during the Korean War. Professor Bogle explained how the warring nations used prisoners to intimidate their…

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    Political Unrest in the Early American Republic

    Professor Watson Jennison talked about the significance of local uprisings against the Federalist-led U.S. government in the 1790s. He focused on the Whiskey Rebellion in Pennsylvania and…

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    Ernie Pyle and War Reporting

    Professor James Tobin talked about the life of World War II reporter Ernie Pyle and his influence on war reporting. President Truman once called Ernie Pyle the “spokesman of the…

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    Neoconservatism and Culture Wars of the 1980s and 1990s

    Albert Camarillo talked about the end of New Deal liberalism and the rise of neoconservatism as marked by the ascendency of Ronald Reagan. This political shift was accompanied by what…

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    Industrial Revolution in America

    Professor Merritt Roe Smith talked about the technological breakthroughs that influenced the Industrial Revolution in America. This was a class from his course titled,…

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    Jews in the Progressive Era

    Georgetown University Professor Jonathan Ray talked about the lives of American Jews in the Progressive Era, including questions about Jewish assimilation into the wider American…

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    Women's Sports and Title IX

    Georgetown University professor Bonnie Morris talked about discrimination against women in sports and Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. Title IX prohibits discrimination on the…

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    Satchel Paige, Negro Leagues Baseball, and Civil Rights

    Professor Donald Spivey talked about the legacy of pitcher Satchel Paige and Negro Leagues baseball. Satchel Paige was the first Negro Leagues player to be inducted into the National…

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    World War II, the Pacific, and the Atomic Bomb

    U.S. Air Force Academy history professor Lieutenant Colonel Grant Weller talked about America’s use of atomic bombs against Japan at the end of World War Two. Professor Weller…

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    Muckraking Journalist Jacob Riis and Gilded Age New York City

    Professor Daniel Czitrom talked about progressive era muckraking journalist and reformer Jacob Riis. Mr. Riis' photos of conditions in New York City tenement housing during the…

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    Gays and Lesbians in Early 20th Century America

    Santa Clara University History Professor Nancy Unger talked about gays and lesbians in early 20th century America. Professor Unger said that prior to this time homosexuality was rarely…

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    Reconstruction and the 14th Amendment

    Michael Ross spoke about Reconstruction and the origins of the 14th amendment. His course is titled U.S. Constitutional and Legal History Since 1860. Andrew Johnson was a Tennessee…

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    Women in the Early Republic

    Professor Catherine Allgor lectured to her history class on the lives of women in the early republic. While the history of the period usually focuses on the actions of men and…

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    Egypt and the Origins of al-Qaeda

    University of Michigan History Professor Juan Cole, author of Engaging the Muslim World and Napoleon’s Egypt: Invading the Middle East, talked about the birth of al-Qaida.…

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    Rise of Automobiles and American City Planning

    Peter Norton, history of technology professor at the University of Virginia, talked about “America’s love affair with the automobile,.” He spoke about the impact of cars…

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