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    Process of Emancipation

    Author Joseph Reidy discussed how during the Civil War the emancipation process was often messy and nonlinear, rather than occurring at one moment or neatly tied to Lincoln’s proclamation. Among…

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    Declaration of Independence

    Alexander Tsesis talked about his book For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence, a history of the Declaration of Independence from its creation in…

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    Black Site

    Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the CIA’s Counterterrorist Center, talked about the CIA detention centers that were used to interrogate suspected terrorists following 9/11.

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    Robert E. Lee's Treason and War Crimes Indictment

    Author and historian John Reeves discussed his book, The Lost Indictment of Robert E. Lee, which recounts the June 1865 indictment against the General Lee and other Confederate leaders for…

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    Agent 110

    Scott Miller talked about his book Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, in which he recalls Allen Dulles' efforts to embolden the German resistance against…

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    Slavery, Martha Washington, and Dolley Madison

    Marie Jenkins Schwartz talked about her book, Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves. She focused on how founding mothers Martha Washington and Dolley Madison viewed slavery and…

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    Presidential Libraries and Museums

    Jodi Kanter talked about how presidential libraries and museums shape a president’s legacy. She is the author of Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from…

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    Henry Clay

    Harlow Giles Unger talked about his book, Henry Clay: America’s Greatest Statesman.

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    The Year of Fear

    Joe Urschel talked about his book The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt That Changed the Nation, in which he recalls the failed kidnapping attempt of an Oklahoma oilman in 1933 by George…

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    Enabling Acts

    Lennard Davis talked about his book, Enabling Acts: The Hidden Story of How the Americans with Disabilities Act Gave the Largest U.S. Minority Its Rights, about the impact of the Americans…

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    Slave Rebellion of 1841

    Arthur Downey, author of The Creole Affair: The Slave Rebelllion that Led the U.S. and Great Britain to the Brink of War, detailed the incident and the legal and diplomatic battle that…

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    A Chosen Exile

    Allyson Hobbs talked about her book A Chosen Exile: A History of Racial Passing in American Life, in which she examines the lives of African Americans who chose to pass as white between the 18th and…

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    History of Presidential Drinking

    Mark Will-Weber, author of Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking, talked about the drinking habits of American presidents and how alcohol has…

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    George Washington and the Battle of Trenton

    Historian Phillip Thomas Tucker talked about his book, George Washington’s Surprise Attack: A New Look at the Battle That Decided the Fate of America. in which he provides an in-depth look…

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    Theodore Roosevelt and the Great War

    Historian J. Lee Thompson talked about Theodore Roosevelt’s views on World War I and his reaction to President Woodrow Wilson’s neutrality policy. Roosevelt’s four sons served in the military…

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    Richard Byrd and the First Flight to the North Pole

    Author Sheldon Bart talked about aviator Richard Byrd, whose famous flight to the North Pole remains controversial. In 1926, American aviator Richard Byrd attempted to become the first man to fly over…

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    Slavery and Emancipation in Photographs

    Using photographs from before the Civil War, New York University’s Deborah Willis and the University of Massachusetts' Barbara Krauthamer talk about the impact of the emancipation…

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    Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge

    Author Danny Parker talked about his book, Fatal Crossroads: The Untold Story of the Malmedy Massacre at the Battle of the Bulge. On December 17, 1944, an American convoy traveling through…

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    The Zimmermann Telegram

    Thomas Boghardt, author of The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War One, explained why Germany sent the telegram to Mexico; how it was…

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    Report into the Loss of the SS Titanic: A Centennial Reappraisal

    The Titanic sank into the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg 100 years ago on April 15, 1912. Of those onboard, 1,496 perished and 712 were saved. To mark this centennial anniversary,…

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