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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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    World War II and the Allied Air War

    Professor Eric Rauchway talked about the role played by the British Royal Air Force in the Allied strategy during World War II. He described how proponents of air power had to compete…

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    Mormons in 19th Century America

    George Mason University religious studies professor and author John Turner talked about how the Book of Mormon compares to other religious texts and how early Mormons, under the leadership…

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    Lincoln, Race, and Emancipation

    Professor Brian Dirck talked about Abraham Lincoln’s life as a method of understanding white American’s views on race and slavery both before and during the Civil…

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    Henry Ford's Publications on Jews

    Professor Jonathan Sarna talked about how industrialist Henry Ford founded and supported a newspaper that published anti-semitic articles. This class was from his course called…

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    Cold War Nuclear Arms Race

    Virginia Commonwealth University instructor Christopher Saladino talked about the competition between the U.S and the Soviet Union (USSR) to build advanced nuclear weaponry. He…

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    American Interventions in Humanitarian Crises

    Professor John Riley talked about American involvement in international situations such as the genocide in Rwanda and conflicts in Somalia. He said that well-intentioned international…

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    Female Slaves and the Law

    Professor Martha Jones talked about the mid-19th century court case of Celia, a female slave who killed her master after repeated sexual assaults. Topcis included what options Celia…

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    Spanish Colonization and the Pueblo Revolt

    Lieutenant Colonel John Roche talked about the relationship between the Spanish and Native Americans in New Mexico. He spoke about the factors that influenced the success of the Pueblo…

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    Sexual Freedom in the 1950s

    John Bodnar talks about the idea of “sexual freedom” in the 1950s and the beginning of dissent against Cold War-era moral values. Professor Bodnar talked about how American…

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    Anti-Japanese Propaganda During World War II

    Major Andrew Forney talked about the impact of propaganda on American views of the Japanese during World War II. The class compares anti-Nazi propaganda, which was against a political…

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    Modernizing the Home and Workplace

    Sarah Igo talked about the societal shift that occurred during the early 20th century as modernization impacted businesses and households. Professor Igo focused on the literary works…

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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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