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    World War II Allied Bombing Campaign

    U.S. Air Force Academy history professor Colonel Mark Wells talks about the role of bombers and fighter planes in the Allied strategy during World War II. He also described the…

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    Emmett Till and Great Migration Families

    Professor Krystal Frazier talked about the complexities of family life for African Americans in the North as well as the South during the mid-20th century. She spoke about the…

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    President Roosevelt and the New Deal

    Professor Steve Voguit talked about the factors that led to the Great Depression and the actions that President Franklin D. Roosevelt took to help the American people and the economy during…

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    Revolutionary War Military

    Professor Benjamin Carp talks about some of the advantages and disadvantages for both the British and American forces during the American Revolution. He also described how individual…

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    Race and Sex in the Mid-20th Century

    Professor Marcia Chatelain talked about the different types of sex education used across the country in the 1950s and why such courses have become politically divisive. She compared…

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    Religious Pacifists and the American Revolution

    Professor Jared Burkholder talked about the difference between pacifist groups during the American Revolution. Professor Burkholder argued that the application of pacifist principles…

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    Passenger Rail in the Mid-1900s

    Professor Joseph Schwieterman talked about the evolution of the nation’s reliance on railroads and passenger trains. He spoke specifically about how many of the Chicago train…

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    Woodrow Wilson and the Treaty of Versailles

    Professor Sean McMeekin talks about the Treaty of Versailles, which eventually helped end World War I. He also talked about President Woodrow Wilson’s role in crafting the treaty and…

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    Asian Immigration and Angel Island

    University of Minnesota professor Erika Lee talks about Asian immigration to the West coast from 1830 to 1930, including the role of San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island in the 20th…

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    Advent of the Skyscraper

    Professor Thomas Leslie talked about the changes in late 19th century architecture design and technology that allowed buildings to be built taller and incorporate more glass to let in…

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    America in the 1890s

    Professor Jeremi Suri talked about American expansion of power in the late nineteenth century and the beginning of a new American foreign policy. He described the 1893 World’s…

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    Slavery and Religion

    Professor Douglas Thompson talked about religion and its impact on the relationship between slaves and their owners during the Antebellum period. He cited Nat Turner’s 1831 slave…

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    Constitutional Convention of 1787

    Professor Jack Rakove talked about some of the issues debated during the Constitutional Convention of 1787, such as the number of representatives for each state and the method of…

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    Civil War Reunions

    Professor Jennifer Murray talked about how Civil War veterans' reunions and commemorations have changed from the Reconstruction era to the present. She described how in the years after…

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    Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant

    East Carolina University professor emeritus Charles Calhoun talked about the obstacles President Ulysses S. Grant faced and what he accomplished during his presidency. He spoke about…

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    Jacksonian Democracy

    Professor Daniel Feller talked about President Andrew Jackson and the politics of the mid-19th century. This class is from a course called “Jacksonian and Antebellum…

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    Fashion Piracy in the 1930s

    Professor Sara Marcketti talked about the creation of the Fashion Originators Guild of America in the 1930s, and why why fashion is not given copyright protections. The Fashion…

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    Press and Japanese Internment in World War II

    Professor Richard Reeves talked about the internment experiences of the Japanese on the U.S. West coast and how the press fueled hysteria over sabotage. He spoke about how the…

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    Colonial West

    Professor Paul Mapp talked about the interactions between the European colonial powers and Native American tribes on the Great Plains during the 1700s, and how horses and guns provided…

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    Post-World War I and Modernism

    Professor Charles Holden talked about the modernist art movement, labor unrest, race riots, the “Red Scare,” and other destabilizing events that he argues characterized the…

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