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    The Man Who Hated Women

    Amy Sohn looked at the life of 19th century U.S. Postal Inspector Anthony Comstock, who used his position to promote morality laws that included the 1873 Comstock laws that prohibited the shipment of…

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    Susan, Linda, Nina, & Cokie

    Author and journalist Lisa Napoli profiled four female journalists, Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, Nina Totenberg, and Cokie Roberts, whose reporting helped establish National Public…

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    Black Civil War Soldiers in Photographs

    While photographs of earlier conflicts exist, the Civil War was the first to be extensively documented through this then-nascent medium. Deborah Willis shared dozens of images of African…

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    George Washington's Final Battle

    History professor Robert Watson looked at George Washington’s efforts to make Washington, D.C., the nation’s capital. This was a virtual event hosted by George Washington’s Mount Vernon.

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    The Man I Knew

    Jean Becker, former chief of staff to President George H.W. Bush, recalled the 41st president’s post-presidential life. This was a virtual event hosted by the National Archives.

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    Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln

    Lincoln scholar Michael Burlingame talked about the complicated political and personal partnership between the 16th president and his wife. Drawing on 30 years of research, his book is An…

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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862

    Historians discussed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862. The act freed about 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital and compensated owners up to $300 for…

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    U.S. Army Photographers in Vietnam

    In 1962, President Kennedy authorized the creation of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office to film and photograph the Vietnam War for the Pentagon and the U.S. Congress.…

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    Nuclear Folly

    Harvard University history Professor Serhii Plokhy provided a history of the Cuban Missile Crisis. This was a virtual event hosted by the National Archives.

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    The Constitution and Equal Rights

    Following the end of the Civil War, the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments were passed - each addressing the rights of the formally enslaved. Michael Bellesiles, author of Inventing Equality:…

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    George Washington and Washington, D.C.

    Robert Watson talked about his book, George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation. He explained why Washington saw the creation of a successful capital…

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    Thaddeus Stevens

    Civil War historian Brad Levin recounted the life of Civil War-era abolitionist and U.S. Representative Thaddeus Stevens. This was a virtual event hosted by the National Archives in…

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    Liars - Falsehoods and Free Speech in an Age of Deception

    Harvard Law Professor Cass Sunstein offered his thoughts on how to limit false information in the public forum while protecting free speech. This virtual program was hosted by the National…

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    Beethoven and the United States

    A panel of music scholars discussed the life of Ludwig van Beethoven and his popularity in the United States from the 19th century to the present day. The National Archives hosted this…

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    A Georgetown Life

    Grant Quertermous talked about his book, “A Georgetown Life: The Reminiscences of Britannia Wellington Peter Kennon of Tudor Place.” Britannia was the great-granddaughter of Martha…

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    The Sum of the People

    Data scientist Andrew Whitby looked at the history of census taking around the world. This was a virtual event hosted by the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

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    Lessons from Apollo's Geoscience

    This was a discussion about geoscience and how lunar samples from the Apollo missions helped scientists understand the noon and solar system. The National Archives and American Geophysical…

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    Southern White Women Slave Owners

    Stephanie Jones-Rogers detailed her research into Southern white women slaveholders who, she calculates, comprised 40 percent of slave owners in some regions. The previous estimate had been…

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    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Military historian Patrick O’Donnell talked about his book, The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home. He chronicled the…

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    World War II U.S. Army Signal Corps Photos

    A panel of photo historians looked at the U.S. Army Signal Corps with a focus on images captured by World War II soldier photographers. The National Archives and the U.S. Army Center of…

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