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  • African Americans in World War I
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    African Americans in World War I

    To mark the 2018 centennial of World War I, a panel of historians met to reflect on African Americans in the Great War. They talked about the discrimination that black soldiers faced…

  • emThe Improbable Wendell Willkieem
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    The Improbable Wendell Willkie

    Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer David Levering Lewis recalled the life of Wendell Willkie, a midwestern businessman turned politician, who unsuccessfully ran as the Republican nominee for…

  • QA with David Levering Lewis
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    Q&A with David Levering Lewis

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Levering Lewis talked about, The Improbable Wendell Willkie: The Businessman Who Saved the Republican Party and His Country, and Conceived a New World…

  • National Black Writers Conference 2018 Tribute
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    National Black Writers Conference 2018 Tribute

    The 2018 National Black Writers Conference’s awards program features David Levering Lewis, Kwame Dawes, Colson Whitehead, and more.

  • 2017 Biographers International Organization Editorial Excellence Award
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    2017 Biographers International Organization Editorial Excellence Award

    Robert Weil, editor-in-chief and publishing director of Liveright, received the 4th annual editorial excellence award presented by the Biographers International Organization. Following the…

  • The Compromise of 1850
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    The Compromise of 1850

    Fergus Bordewich talked about the Compromise of 1850 and the two generations of senators who dominated the great debate. Mr. Bordewich focused on Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, and the impact…

  • AfricanAmerican Politics and Culture
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    African-American Politics and Culture

    Panelists talked about the internationalization of African-American politics and culture and the role of African Americans worldwide. “Internationalization of African American Politics and Culture” was…

  • Discussion on Racial Bias and Government
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    Government Surveillance and Race, Part 1

    A day-long conference was held examining historical and current perspectives of surveillance of black communities. Speakers included Pulitzer Prize-winner David Levering-Lewis talking about the history of surveillance of African Americans for signs of subversion from slavery to…

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    W.E.B. DuBois

    Professor Levering talked about his book W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963, published by Henry Holt and Co. The book is the second volume of a…

  • Ethel and Julius Rosenberg
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    Ethel and Julius Rosenberg

    David Levering Lewis moderated a conversation between Michael Meeropol, the eldest son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg and his daughter, Ivy Meeropol, the director and producer of Heir to an…

  • Historical Methods and Practice Panel
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    Historical Methods and Practice Panel

    Eric Foner moderated a panel discussion, "How Can We Know (and Tell) What Happened in the Past?, with authors Jill Lepore, David Levering Lewis, Megan Marshall, and Patricia O’Toole. The discussion…

  • In Depth with David Levering Lewis
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    In Depth with David Levering Lewis

    David Levering Lewis talked about his life, his career, and his body of writing. He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail. Two video clips were shown of Professor Lewis giving a tour…

  • BookTV In Depth Vignettes
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    BookTV In Depth Vignettes

    In Depth focused on the lives and writings of numerous authors. Authors included Shelby Foote, Ray Kurzweil, Taylor Branch, John Hope Franklin, David Lewis, Shelby Steele, Harold Holzer, Nell…

  • Writings of B Washington and Du Bois
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    Writings of B. Washington and Du Bois

    Guests examined the history of the early struggle for civil rights and the development of modern black culture through the writings of Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Du Bois. Among the topics…

  • emWEB Du Bois A Biography of a Raceem
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    W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography of a Race

    Professor David Levering Lewis discussed his book, W.E.B. Dubois: The Biography of a Race, 1868-1919, published by Henry Holt and Company, Inc. The book is the first volume of a two volume…

  • emA Small Nation of Peopleem
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    A Small Nation of People

    Mr. Lewis and Ms. Willis talked about their book, A Small Nation of People: W.E.B. Du Bois and African American Portraits of Progress, published by Amistad Press. The book contains 150…

  • Writers of the Harlem Renaissance
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    Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

    Mrs. Bush and other talked about the writers of the Harlem Renaissance and their influence on American arts and culture. They also talked about the African-American experience in the early…

  • Biographies
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    The panel of award-winning biographers talked about the highs and lows of writing biographies and shared stories about working on their famous subjects. Mr. Caro wrote Master of the Senate:…

  • National Book Festival Gala
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    National Book Festival Gala

    In a gala event to open the National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress, authors talked about books that influenced their lives.

  • Modern Visionaries
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    Modern Visionaries

    Three biographers discuss their subjects as representative examples of modern visionaries. The panelists are Stanley Wolpert, author of Ghandi’s Passion: The Life and Legacy of Mahatma…

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