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    Presidential Elections in the Twentieth Century

    Professor Margaret O’Mara talked about her book, Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century. She spoke about the elections of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard…

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    Frederick Douglass and Photography

    John Stauffer talked about the relationship between Fredrick Douglass' images and his love of photography. Mr. Stauffer argued that with a count of 164 images, Frederick Douglass…

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    Selma Story Universal Newsreel

    In this March 15, 1965, Universal Newsreel, President Johnson addresses a joint session of Congress to offer a voting rights bill. In Harlem, more than 15,000 walk through the streets…

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    U.S. Plan to Invade Canada

    Author Kevin Lippert talked about his book, War Plan Red: The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States, about the history of…

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    Pioneer Life in 19th Century Wisconsin

    Kathleen Ernst, author of A Settler’s Year: Pioneer Life through the Seasons, described a year in the life of 19th century immigrants in rural Wisconsin. In her book,…

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    Political Cartoons

    Political cartoonists David Sipress, Tom Toles, Jen Sorensen, Keith Knight, and Signe Wilkinson talked about what inspires their work, as well as how political cartoons affect politics and…

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    Book Discussion on Henry Clay

    Harlow Giles Unger talked about his book, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman.

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    Book Discussion on The Year of Fear

    Joe Urschel talked about his book The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation, in which he recalls the failed kidnapping attempt of an Oklahoma oilman in…

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    Slave Rebellion of 1841

    Arthur Downey, author of The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebelllion that Led the U.S. and Great Britain to the Brink of War, detailed the incident and the legal and diplomatic battle that…

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    Melvin Laird and the U.S. Military

    Panelists talked about Melvin Laird’s time as President Nixon’s defense secretary during the last years of the Vietnam War, and his strategy to position the military for the…

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    Japanese Surrender in 1945

    Courtesy of the National Archives, this United Newsreel depicts Japan’s involvement in World War II and scenes from Victory over Japan (VJ) day.

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    Book Discussion on Enabling Acts

    Lennard Davis talked about his book, Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights, about the impact of the Americans…

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    Book Discussion on Our Crime Was Being Jewish

    Anthony Pitch talked about his book Our Crime Was Being Jewish: Hundreds of Holocaust Survivors Tell Their Stories, in which he presents the accounts of 358 Holocaust survivors. He…

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    Magna Carta and the Constitution

    Panelists talked about the influence of Magna Carta on American constitutionalism, including its place in the charters of the American colonies, its impact on the era of the Founding…

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    Textual Tradition and the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the text of the Declaration of Independence and how it reflects the time it was written. Topics included the punctuation used in the document and the differences…

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    United Nations Charter Signing

    United Newsreel that documents the UN Charter. It was signed in June 1945 in San Francisco.

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    Interpreting the Declaration of Independence

    Panelists talked about the historical background and the original intent of the Declaration of Independence. They argued that starting in the 19th century abolitionists focused on the…

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    Book Discussion on Reagan

    H.W. Brands talked about his book Reagan: A Life, in which he recounts the life and political career of America’s 40th president.

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    Women in Civil Rights Leadership

    Panelists talked about women in leadership roles in political movements for Civil Rights. They spoke about the similarities between historic struggles for Civil Rights and current…

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    RMS Lusitania Departing New York City on Final Voyage

    This silent newsreel film from 1915 shows passengers boarding the RMS Lusitania, which was sunk by a German U-Boat six days later off the coast of Ireland.

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