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    The Capitol

    The history, art, and architecture of the U.S. Capitol from its opening in 1800 to the present were presented in a special 107-minute version of The Capitol. The documentary featured the impact…

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    The Senate Chamber

    C-SPAN toured the U.S. Senate Chamber, in use since 1859, to learn about its history, art, and artifacts, including the famous Senate desks.

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    Old Senate Chamber

    C-SPAN toured the Old Senate Chamber, where the body met from 1810-1859, is where the Senate grew in stature and became the primary forum for debating the issues of the day, including slavery.…

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    President Washington's First Visit to the Senate

    Senate Historian Emeritus Richard Baker told the story of President George Washington personally paying a visit to the Senate to lobby the body for its immediate approval of a treaty.…

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    The Capitol: U.S. Senate

    The history, art, and architecture of the U.S. Capitol from its opening in 1800 to the present were featured through taped segments on the various public and private spaces in the building, tours, and personal…

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    Q&A with Richard Baker

    Richard Baker told stories from the history of the Senate and showed some rare photographs of senators. Mr. Baker retired in August 2009 after 34 years as the first historian of the United…

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    Changes to Congress

    Panelists discussed “What Would the Founders Think of Congress Today?” at the Institute on Congress and American History’s week-long symposium for high school teachers on the teaching of history…

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    Party Control of Congress

    Richard Baker talked about the history of party control in the House and Senate. Topics included control turnovers in the past, the implications of the current party control turnover in the…

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    Q&A with Richard Baker

    Mr. Baker was interviewed about the history of the U.S. Senate, as well as past major leaders and debates conducted in the body. He also talked about his academic training, experiences in the office of…

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    Rare Senate Ledger

    Senator Daschle and Mr. Baker spoke to reporters about the discovery of several old ledgers dating from 1791 to 1881 in which were recorded the expenses of the Senate. The first volume also…

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    Supreme Court Confirmation Preview

    Mr. Baker spoke about the history of confirmation hearings in the Russell Senate Caucus Room. He also discussed other hearings held inside the Caucus Room including the Watergate and Teapot…

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    Rare Senate Ledger

    Senate Historian Baker conducted a tour of the area in a sub-basement of the U.S. Capitol where a rare U.S. Senate Ledger, dated 1790-1881, was found. He was interviewed along with Senate…

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    Senate Facts

    Mr. Baker talked about the makeup of the Senate after the recent election, the history of filibusters and cloture, and other historical Senate facts. He compared and contrasted the current…

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    Congress: Representative Government

    Dr. Livingston, Mr. Gillette, and Mr. Flanagan spoke about the history of the Institute and the forthcoming publication of the The Encyclopedia of the United States Congress. The Institute…

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    Open Phones

    Mr. Baker, the U.S. Senate Historian, discussed the history of state funerals and the laws and customs that govern the order of them.

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    Open Phones

    Telephone lines were open for audience comments. Mr. Baker talked by telephone about the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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    Senate Party Leadership Yesterday and Today

    The panelists talked about the history of the U.S. Senate leadership, including the consequences of changes in party control. They told stories about many of the leaders and compared their…

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    Senate Reception Room

    Mr. Baker described the history of the Senate Reception Room in the U.S. Capitol Building. He conducted a tour of the room and explained the origins of the portraits of outstanding senators…

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    Capitol Art: Senator Sumner

    Mr. Baker provided a short biography of former Senator Charles Sumner.

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    The Twentieth Century Senate

    The scholars discussed a variety of issues such as floor deliberations, reforms, leadership, minority rights, and rules and regulations. They expressed opinions as to how well the Senate…

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