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  • Political Biographies
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    Political Biographies

    The panel members discussed biography as history and the problems of writing about notable figures in American history. H.W. Brands, author of The First American: The Life and Times of Ben Franklin,…

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  • emThe Age of Goldem
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    The Age of Gold

    Professor Brands talked about his book, The Age of Gold: The California Gold Rush and the New American Dream, published by Doubleday. In the book, he tells how such notable figures as John…

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  • emThe Modern American Presidencyem
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    The Modern American Presidency

    Lewis Gould discussed the problems and triumphs of twentieth-century presidents in his book The Modern American Presidency, published by University Press of Kansas. The author analyzed the performance of…

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  • Writings of Benjamin Franklin
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    Writings of Benjamin Franklin

    Guests examined the history of the pre-revolutionary era and Early Republic through the writings of Benjamin Franklin, publisher, scientist and early-American diplomat. Franklin wrote a number of…

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  • emThe Reckless Decade America in the 1890sem
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    The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s

    Mr. Brands talked about his book, The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s, published by St. Martin’s Press . He characterized the decade as dealing with the end of the U.S. frontier West…

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  • Writing Biography
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    Writing Biography

    Authors discussed their experiences in writing biographies. Ms. Jarboe is the author of Lady Bird: A Biography of Mrs. Johnson. Ms. Rodgers is the author of Barbara Jordan: An American…

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  • Origins of 1967 ArabIsraeli War
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    Origins of 1967 Arab-Israeli War

    Historians talked about the origins of the Six Day War. Among the topics they addressed were Soviet and U.S. interests in the conflict, intelligence about diplomatic and military…

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  • Legacy of 20th Century Wars
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    Legacy of 20th Century Wars

    The authors discussed the consequences, lessons, and legacy of twentieth century wars. Mr. Hatfield moderated the discussion. The panelists responded to questions from the moderator and the…

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  • George McGovern and the AntiWar Movement
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    George McGovern and the Anti-War Movement

    Former Senator McGovern commented on two papers presented in an earlier portion of the symposium. Then panelists made presentations on Senator McGovern’s role in the anti Vietnam War…

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  • Magnificent Obsessions
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    Magnificent Obsessions

    The panelists talked about their books. They also responded to questions from the audience. Mr. Harrigan moderated the panel. Mr. Brands is the author of The Age of Gold: The California…

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  • emTR The Last Romanticem
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    T.R.: The Last Romantic

    Mr. Brands talked about his biography of President Theodore Roosevelt.

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  • emThe First American Benjamin Franklinem
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    The First American: Benjamin Franklin

    Following an introduction by a Benjamin Franklin re-enactor, Professor Brands talked about his biography The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin, published by Doubleday.…

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  • Theodore Roosevelt  Across the Generations
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    Theodore Roosevelt: Across the Generations

    Three biographers of Theodore Roosevelt discussed their motivations behind their choice of subject and explain their differing focuses on the president’s life, especially over the passage…

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  • Writings of Theodore Roosevelt
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    Writings of Theodore Roosevelt

    Guests talked about the history of the Progressive Era, westward expansion, conservation, and turn-of-the-century politics through the life and writings of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt wrote…

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  • emTeddy Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklinem
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    Teddy Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin

    Professor Bill Brands, editor of The Selected Letters of Theodore Roosevelt, talked about the lives of President Theodore Roosevelt and Benjamin Franklin. He compared their different…

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  • Books of a Lifetime
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    Books of a Lifetime

    The panelists talked about writing biographies and responded to questions from the moderator. The panelists explained what the books they wrote were about and why they wrote the biographies.

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  • US and the SpanishAmerican War
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    U.S. and the Spanish-American War

    Mr. Ambrose spoke about how the Spanish-American War shaped U.S. foreign policy in the early twentieth century and the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. Congress declared war on Spain on…

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