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    A Spy in the Confederate White House

    Panelists talked about Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. She was part of a pro-Union spy ring run by…

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    Person of the Year 1863

    Each year, Time magazine selects a single person who had the most influence on events during the previous twelve months. If the same question had been posed in the year 1863, who would…

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    Book Discussion on Freedom National

    James Oakes talked about his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in which he examines the efforts, ranging from the militaristic to the…

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    History in the Digital Age

    Panelists at the American Historical Association’s annual conference in New Orleans talked about how the Internet, YouTube, and Twitter have changed the way historians present their…

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    Inaugurations in American History

    Historians Brian Balogh, Ed Ayers, and Peter Onuf recorded their weekly radio program, BackStory with the American History Guys, sin the Flag Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum…

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    Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    Duke University History Professor Thavolia Glymph and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers were among the historians who explored the circumstances, outcomes, and ongoing…

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    History of Alcohol in America

    Historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh host the public radio show and podcast “BackStory with the American History Guys.” This weekend, we’ll simulcast the show…

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    Race and the Civil War

    Three historians held a discussion on race and the role it played leading up to and during the Civil War and how the persistence of resentment and unhealed wounds from the war’s…

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    Thanksgiving in American History

    The BackStory Guys, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf, talked about the history and mythos of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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    Battle of Bull Run 150th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony

    Edward Ayers gave the keynote address at a commemorative ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas. The ceremony was held at…

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    American Leaders and the Issues of 1861

    The evening before the 150th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter, historians spoke about leadership and the troubling issues of 1861. Edward Ayres projected some graphics as he talked…

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    1861 Secession Debate

    An episode of the radio program “BackStory with the American History Guys” focused on Secession and the Civil War and its reverberations through history. The hosts…

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    International Implications of the Civil War

    Edward Ayers moderated a roundtable discussion on the international implications of the Civil War, including diplomatic negotiations and naval conflicts. The panelists also responded…

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    Making the Civil War New

    Edward Ayers gave a talk “Making the Civil War New.” He included pictures from a celebration in Richmond, Virginia, for the centennial of the Civil War and views from University…

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    The Geography of Emancipation

    The Society of Civil War Historians opened their second biennial meeting with a keynote address by Edward Ayers and Gary Gallagher at the Richmond Marriott. Their presentation was…

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    America and the Courts

    Supreme Court Justice David Souter talked about how history explains why current judges see the facts of court cases differently from their predecessors. Following Justice…

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    The Humanities in a Civil Society

    Supreme Court Justice David Souter talked about how history explains why current judges see the facts of court cases differently from their predecessors. Following Justice…

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    Book Discussion on What Caused The Civil War?

    Edward Ayers, Dean of the College and Graduate Schools of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia, spoke about his book What Caused The Civil War?: Reflections on the South and…

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    Digital Future: Distribution of Knowledge

    Professor Ayers talked about the creation and distribution of knowledge in today’s digital environment. Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and…

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    The Civil War

    The first Capital Book Festival was hosted by the Fairfax County Public Library Foundation in its tenth anniversary year. On a panel titled The Civil War: Blacks and Whites, Soldiers…

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