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    Theodore Roosevelt' s Life in the West

    Mr. Klemetsrud presented a portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt as a young man during his time as a rancher in North Dakota.

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    Writings of Ernest Hemingway

    From Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West, Florida, the guests talked about his life and writings, and how the history of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized in his novels and short…

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    Hemingway and Fitzgerald

    Mr. Plimpton talked about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway, their relationship through their correspondence, and a stage performance adapted from their letters.

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    Writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Guests talked about the life, works and legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald in an effort to learn about the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. "The Jazz Age," which F. Scott…

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    H.L. Mencken Collection

    Mr. Fitzpatrick showed items from the H.L. Mencken Collection and described them.

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    Writings of H.L. Mencken

    Guests examined the life and career of journalist H. L. Mencken. He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and later joined the Baltimore Sun. He eventually became one of…

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    Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

    As part of an ongoing series on American writers, first lady Laura Bush hosted the White House Symposium on Harlem Renaissance Writers. Contemporary authors read from their work and…

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    I Remember Harlem Project

    At the Harlem Partnership Center senior citizens reminisced about their lives in Harlem during the Renaissance, and also wrote about their favorite childhood memories. They also talked…

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    Zora Neale Hurston Hometown Tour

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured author Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Florida and talked to residents about the town and her experiences there.

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    Writings of Hughes and Hurston

    Guests examined the origins and impact of the Harlem Renaissance which lasted from the end of World War I through the middle of the Great Depression. During that time, a group of…

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    Harlem Reflections

    As part of the American Writers II series on the Harlem Renaissance, Rep. Rangel, who represents the Harlem area in Congress, reminisced about growing up there.

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    Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

    In a session of the Langston Hughes Centennial Symposium, panelists described the Harlem Renaissance writers, primarily Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. They focused on the…

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    Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour

    As part of the Harlem Book Fair a walking tour took place in the heart of Harlem, with many stops relating to writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. People…

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    Langston Hughes and Modern Music

    In a forum titled “From Blues to Bop to Hip-hop,” presented as part of a symposium on author Langston Hughes, participants talked about the impact of Hughes' literary form and…

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    Book Discussion on Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Participants talked about Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and its portrayal of African-American and women’s culture. Among the topics they addressed…

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    An Evening with Langston Hughes

    At a symposium honoring the life and work of Langston Hughes, Mr. Glover read from several of Hughes' works and talked about his experiences.  The event also featured the…

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    Will Rogers 1931 Radio Address

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    Writings of Will Rogers

    The early 1920s brought on the beginnings of new media - phonograph records, newsreels, movies, syndicated newspaper features, radio and later silent and talking movies. As these media…

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    Upton Sinclair Manuscripts

    Ms. Hodson displayed a letter written by Upton Sinclair to his friend Jack London, one of the manuscripts in the Huntington Library Literary Manuscripts collection.

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    Writings of Theodore Dreiser

    Guests examined the history of the Progressive Era, the publishing industry, and social reform through the writings of Theodore Dreiser. He wrote several works including Sister Carrie…

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