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    Life and Legacy of Booker T. Washington

    Chester Fontenot talked about the life and legacy of Booker T. Washington. Professor Fontenot spoke about Mr. Washington’s early years at Tuskegee University and looks at…

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    Colonial America and King George's War

    Professor Timothy Wolters talked about King George’s War, which took place in the 1740s in North America between European colonial powers. This class was from his course titled…

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    Feminism and 1960-1970s Popular Music

    Indiana University history professor Michael McGerr talked about women and feminism in 1960-1970s popular music. This class was from his course titled “Rock, Hip Hop and…

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    Civil Rights and the War on Poverty

    Marisa Chappell talked about anti-poverty and entitlement programs that were part of President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” She also detailed the societal attitudes toward…

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    Remembering the Civil War

    Robert Wolff talked about how the memory of the Civil War had changed since its 50th and 100th anniversaries. He spoke about how the memory of the Civil War was largely focused on…

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    Reconstruction and Civil Rights Eras

    Melvin Ely compared the participants, tactics, and lasting changes of the Reconstruction and Civil Rights eras. He spoke about many similarities and differences between the post-Civil…

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    Presidents and the Press

    Professor Martha Joynt Kumar talked about presidents and their relationships with the press, focusing on the ways the White House press corps and coverage of presidents have evolved from…

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    Indian Slave Trade in the Colonial South

    Professor Tyler Boulware talked about Indian slave trade in the South between 1670 and 1720. Spurred by trade with European settlers, tribes like the Chickasaw raided neighbors for captives…

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    Experiences of Soldiers in World War I

    Gettysburg College History Professor Ian Isherwood talked about how World War One soldiers interpreted their war experiences. He used works by three writers to illustrate the ways…

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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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