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  • Franklin D Roosevelt and Presidential Leadership
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    Franklin D. Roosevelt and Presidential Leadership

    H.W Brands talked about Franklin D. Roosevelt and presidential leadership. He spoke at the University of Oklahoma’s “Teach-In” on the Great Depression and World War II.

  • Panel on American History
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    Panel on American History

    Authors talked about their books on American history, and also responded to questions from members of the audience. The panel was moderated by Los Angeles Times Editor at Large Jim Newton.…

  • 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,…

  • emAmerican Colossusem
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    American Colossus

    H.W. Brands explores America’s economic transformation between the Civil War and the end of the 19th century. The author recalls the rise of capitalism as the United States changed from a country…

  • Age of Titans Panel
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    Age of Titans Panel

    Authors talked about the moment in American history when a recognizably modern America first took shape. Cheryl Snay moderated. The panelists also responded to questions from members of the audience.…

  • emAmerican Dreams The United States Since 1945em
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    American Dreams: The United States Since 1945

    Historian H.W. Brands presents a history of the United States since 1945. Mr. Brands examines a series of events from the past sixty-five years that have affected the way Americans live…

  • 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…

  • In Depth with HW Brands
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    In Depth with H.W. Brands

    Historian H.W. Brands talked about his life, work, and writings. Topics included his presidential biographies, writing eyewitness history, the U.S. constitution, and research. He also…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • 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…