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    Life Portrait of John Quincy Adams

    In the sixth of a series of life portraits of American presidents, the guests discussed the life and career of John Quincy Adams and responded to audience telephone calls. They also…

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    Book Discussion on Abigail Adams

    Woody Holton talked about his biography Abigail Adams (Free Press; November 3, 2009). Mr. Holton focused on the first lady’s writings and reported that she championed the…

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    Book Discussion on A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

    Carol Berkin discussed her book A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, published by Harcourt. The book relates the story of the summer of 1787, when a group of men…

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    Book Discussion on Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

    Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group…

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    Book Discussion on His Excellency: George Washington

    Professor Ellis talks about his book His Excellency: George Washington, published by Knopf. The author explains Washington’s position on several issues, including expansion and…

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    Book Discussion on Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

    James Kloppenberg, chair of the history department at Harvard University, explores the philosophical, political, and historical studies of President Barack Obama. Mr. Kloppenberg…

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    Book Discussion on My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

    John and Abigail Adams kept a written correspondence throughout their relationship that contained a commentary on the political landscape of the newly formed country. My Dearest…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious…

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    Remembering Charles Sumner

    A program was given to highlight the efforts and achievements of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner during the bicentennial year of his birth and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He was…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy

    Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following…

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    Book Discussion on John Adams: Party of One

    James Grant talked about his book John Adams: Party of One, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He described John Adams as an independent-minded president. The book recounted…

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    Book Discussion on The Education of Henry Adams

    Edward Chalfant and Conrad Wright talked about the book they co-edited, The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1907…

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    Book Discussion on The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    Ken Burns talked about next film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which would premier on PBS in the fall of 2009. He discussed the people, ideas, circumstances, and events…

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    Book Discussion on In The Devil's Snare

    Ms. Norton talked about her book, In the Devil’s Snare: The Salem Witchcraft Crisis of 1692, published by Alfred A. Knopf. The book is a re-examination of the 17th-century…

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    U.S-France Relations from an Historical Perspective

    At the Harvard Club, David McCullough spoke about the relationship between the United States and France from a cultural and historical perspective. He discussed the effect of the…

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    Book Discussion on Jack: A Life Like No Other

    Mr. Perret talked about his biography of John F. Kennedy, Jack: A Life Like No Other, published by Random House. During his presentation, Mr. Perret explored John F.…

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    The Place of the Past in American Life

    David Glassberg spoke about the historical significance of the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, that opened the Revolutionary War. Professor Glassberg’s…

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    Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind

    As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” scholars discussed and compared their work on “Henry Adams and the Life of the Mind.” They also…

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    Henry Adams Through Art

    As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” the participants discussed Professor Maine’s paper on “Henry Adams Through Art” followed by…

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    Henry Adams and the World

    As part of a conference titled, “Henry Adams and the Need to Know,” the participants discussed Professor Lagayette’s paper on “Henry Adams and the World,”…

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