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  • Henry Clay John C Calhoun and Daniel Webster
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    Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster

    Author H.W. Brands discussed 19th century political figures Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster. He explained why the three statesmen were critical to American politics between…

  • emThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burrem
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    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel on…

  • 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,…

  • emAndrew Jackson  A Life and Timesem
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    Andrew Jackson: A Life and Times

    Professor Brands talked about his book Andrew Jackson: His Life and Times. In his book, the author discussed the life and presidency of Andrew Jackson. He followed President Jackson from his rebellious youth to his…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…