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    Contested Presidential Elections

    A panel of historians discussed several of the most contested presidential elections in American history: 1800, 1824, 1860, and 1876. They compared the elections to each other and to the…

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    Declaration of Independence and Defining Equality

    Historians Peter Onuf, David Blight and Annette Gordon-Reed discussed defining equality and the Declaration of Independence. They talked about the views and interpretations of W.E.B. DuBois,…

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    Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf talked about their book "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, in which they examine the intellectual…

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    Public History on the Early Republic

    Historians talk about trends in public history and how museums interpret early American history. They described how they develop programs for specific groups and create partnerships between…

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    Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon Reed and Peter Onuf spoke about their book, Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination. They spoke from the H.L. Mencken Non-Fiction…

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    Most Blessed of the Patriarchs

    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf talked about their book Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination, in which they examine the intellectual…

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    The Birth of a Nation at 100

    The Smithsonian Institution hosted the “BackStory with the American History Guys” radio program as they examined D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, originally released in 1915…

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    Thomas Jefferson's Union

    Professors Gary Gallagher and Peter Onuf talked about the tenets of federalism and the meaning behind the idea of a union of states from the perspective of President Thomas Jefferson. They spoke about Thomas…

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    Inaugurations in American History

    Historians Brian Balogh, Ed Ayers, and Peter Onuf recorded their weekly radio program, BackStory with the American History Guys, sin the Flag Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…

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    Teaching Constitutional History

    Explaining the Constitution and encouraging students to have an interest in America’s founding can be difficult for many teachers. Next, radio talk show host Diane Rehm moderates a panel…

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    History of Alcohol in America

    Historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh host the public radio show and podcast “BackStory with the American History Guys.” This weekend, we’ll simulcast the show live from…

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    Thomas Jefferson's Idea of America

    Although Thomas Jefferson was in France as the Constitution was being debated and signed, he had his own ideas for the new nation. Next, University of Virginia History Professor Peter Onuf…

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    Thanksgiving in American History

    The BackStory Guys, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf, talked about the history and mythos of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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    Thomas Jefferson and Alternatives to Slavery

    Thomas Jefferson purchased a 1,334 acre tract in Virginia, known first as “Indian Camp” and then later named Morven, as a testing ground for various agricultural methods and labor systems that…

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    1861 Secession Debate

    An episode of the radio program “BackStory with the American History Guys” focused on Secession and the Civil War and its reverberations through history. The hosts discussed the secession…

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    Jefferson and Adams on American Nationalism

    Professor Peter Onuf compared John Adams' and Thomas Jefferson’s views of the Constitution and the role of divided power. He said that, in many ways, the two were similar despite the fact that…

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    President Jefferson and the Civil War

    Peter Onuf talked about President Thomas Jefferson and how his career, thoughts, and actions relate to the origins of the Confederacy and the coming of the Civil War. The unresolved disagreements about the status…

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    The Mind of Thomas Jefferson

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    The Legacy of Jefferson and Adams

    Moderated by Richard Samuelson, was a panel of Jefferson scholars at the 1998 Jefferson Symposium. They discussed the relationship between Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, their…

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    Washington Journal: Monticello

    In the first of a three-part series, Monticello, the home of President Thomas Jefferson was profiled. In the first segment, Dan Jordan talked about the history of Monticello and Susan Stein provided a…

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