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    50th Anniversary of 1964 Republican Convention

    Richard Norton Smith talked about the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Republican National Convention where former Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ) was nominated as the party’s presidential…

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    First Ladies Series Review

    Edith Mayo, Anita McBride, and Richard Norton Smith looked back at the year-long C-SPAN series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” and responded to telephone calls and…

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    The Gilded Age of First Ladies

    Presidential historian Richard Norton Smith talked about the private lives and public roles of the first ladies of the Gilded Age and how they contributed to the nation. He focused on…

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    Second Presidential Terms

    Richard Norton Smith talked about how U.S. presidents have fared in their second terms, and the challenges ahead for President Obama. He examined those presidents considered most and…

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for viewer comments on presidential second terms. Richard Norton Smith spoke by phone about the history of second terms. Bob Cusack, correspondent for The…

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    Abusing Lincoln's Legacy

    Panelists talked about the use, and abuse, of Lincoln’s legacy in today’s Washington. This event was co-sponsored by Ford’s Theatre and was part of the…

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    Media Coverage of America's First Ladies

    Panelists talked about how the media had covered America’s first ladies throughout the years and how first ladies tried to craft their image in the media. They examined how first…

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    Modern First Ladies

    Historians Richard Norton Smith and Edith Mayo gave a preview of the second season of the C-SPAN series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” which was co-sponsored by the White…

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    President Richard Nixon Tape Recordings

    Richard Norton Smith talked about tape recordings of telephone calls made by President Richard Nixon that were revealed 40 years ago. Audio clips were played from several conversations…

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    First Lady Ida McKinley

    Carl Sferrazza Anthony and Richard Norton Smith talked about the life and influence of first lady Ida McKinley and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Among the…

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    Interview with Richard Norton Smith

    Richard Norton Smith spoke about his Civil War history tour titled, “Mr. Lincoln’s War.” The tour was to take place in June 2013, and was in honor of 150th…

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    First Ladies As Influence Makers

    Historians talked about first ladies through history, exploring how the role has evolved. Topics included the move from solely traditional female activities centered on home and family…

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    A Family View of First Lady Betty Ford

    Susan Ford Bales and Steve Ford talked about their late mother, former first lady Betty Ford. Topics included her background, her marriage, and her struggles with alcohol and…

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    First Lady Mary Lincoln

    Richard Norton Smith and Rosalyn Terborg-Penn talked about the life and influence of first lady Mary Lincoln and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Topics…

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    First Ladies Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Catherine Adams

    Richard Norton Smith, Daniel Preston, and Amanda Mathews talked about the life and influence of first ladies Elizabeth Monroe and Louisa Catherine Adams and responded to telephone calls and…

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    First Lady Martha Washington

    Guests talked about the life and influence of first lady Martha Washington. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Among the topics addressed were her…

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    First Ladies Throughout History

    Panelists talked about at the historical roles and responsibilities of the first lady as well as how those roles had evolved. They talked specifically about Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie…

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    Massachusetts Maritime History

    Historian Richard Norton Smith toured three locations along Boston’s North Shore: Fort Sewall in Marblehead, Massachusetts; the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and Custom House;…

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    Behind the Scenes in the East Wing: Social Secretaries to First Ladies

    Social secretaries working for American first ladies help set the tone of presidential administrations. Bess Abell, Catherine Fenton and Laurie Firestone served first ladies from Lady…

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    The Vanderbilts' Marble House

    Alva Vanderbilt was the force behind the French inspired palace called “The Marble House.” The Gilded Age relic is preserved in the Rhode Island seaside town of Newport -- the…

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