Nancy Sheppard talked about the crash of the airship Roma in 1922. It was the deadliest disaster of U.S. hydrogen airship in American history. She introduced the ill-fated crew of the airship and explained the technological innovations of the Italian built craft. Sheppard also spoke about the Roma’s legacy and how the disaster resulted in higher safety standards for lighter-than-air ships.
Stephen Knott talked about his book, Alexander Hamilton and the Persistence of Myth. In his book, Mr. Knott questions the accuracy of the historical accounts written about Alexander Hamilton and examines the Founder’s legacy. Mr. Knott also highlights the Broadway musical “Hamilton” and its impact on restoring Alexander Hamilton’s reputation.
Historians talked about what life was like for Freedmen after the Civil War and the overall successes and failures of Reconstruction. They spoke about educational opportunities, land redistribution, and voting rights, as well as the politics behind these Reconstruction measures.
This panel was part of the annual Lincoln Forum Symposium.
Gordon Wood spoke about what inspired him to study the Founding Fathers, how scholarship on the Revolutionary period has evolved, and what he thinks the people misunderstand about the Founding Fathers and their personalities.
Gordon Wood talked about the social and economic backgrounds of the Founding Fathers and explores the origins of their values. He also talked about the Founding Fathers' thoughts on proper aristocratic behavior and leadership.
Dorothy Height talked about her life and career. Ms. Height served as president of the National Council of Negro Women from 1957 to 1998, and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994. This interview is from the “Explorations in Black Leadership” project, co-directed by University of Virginia professors Phyllis Leffler and Julian Bond. This program was recorded in 2003. Ms. Height died in 2010.
Jennifer Cullison and Rachel Grace Newman talked about 20th century U.S.-Mexico relations and immigration initiatives. This interview took place at the American Historical Association’s annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
Former law clerks to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall spoke about his legacy. He served from 1967 to 1991. Panelists, including Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan, remembered their time working for the first African American member of the Court and discussed his opinions on landmark cases.