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  • Checks and Balances  Intentions of the Founders
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    Checks and Balances - Intentions of the Founders

    Historians Annette Gordon-Reed and Douglas Brinkley examined the framing of the Constitution and speculated about the founders' thoughts on the balance of power in the U.S. government today.…

    196 views
  • emAndrew Johnsonem
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    Andrew Johnson

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed presents a biography of the 17th president of the United States, Andrew Johnson (1865-1869). A Southern Democrat who remained aligned with the Union,…

    1,443 views
  • 2018 National Book Awards
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    2018 National Book Awards

    Book TV presented coverage of the 69th annual National Book Awards, which included awards in non-fiction and fiction categories. Novelist Isabel Allende was awarded the Medal for…

    320 views
  • emThe Lies That Bindem
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    The Lies That Bind

    New York Times ethicist columnist Kwame Appiah explored the role identity plays in society. He’s joined in conversation by historian Annette Gordon-Reed.

    614 views
  • Declaration of Independence and Defining Equality
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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,…

    910 views
  • emMost Blessed of the Patriarchsem
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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…

    1,126 views
  • 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…

    488 views
  • President Andrew Johnsons Legacy
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    President Andrew Johnson's Legacy

    Harvard University professor Annette Gordon-Reed talked about the legacy of Andrew Johnson, the nation’s 17th president who took office following Abraham Lincoln’s assassination in 1865. Professor…

    965 views
  • emThe Hemingses of Monticelloem
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    The Hemingses of Monticello

    Annette Gordon-Reed talked about her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton; September 17, 2008), and how she came to write it. She responded to audience…

    687 views
  • Women of the White House
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    Women of the White House

    Presidential historians talked about some of the country’s most influential first ladies, their relationships with their spouses, and the difficulties they faced in the White House. They…

    601 views
  • Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings Family
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    Thomas Jefferson and the Hemings Family

    Annette Gordon-Reed talked about Thomas Jefferson and his relationship with the enslaved Hemings family, whom he owned. She focused on Sally Hemings, with whom Jefferson supposedly had six children.…

    1,632 views
  • Creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture
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    Creation of the National Museum of African American History and Culture

    Judge Robert Wilkins talked about his book, Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100 Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture. He talked about the early…

    369 views
  • Understanding African American Freedom
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    Understanding African American Freedom

    Panelists talked about how black Americans understood freedom through the lens of economics, marriage, and citizenship. This was part of a three-day conference, titled “The Future of the African…

    921 views
  • Writing Presidential Biographies
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    Writing Presidential Biographies

    Jon Meacham, Annette Gordon Reed, and Ron Chernow talked about the process of writing presidential biographies. President George W. Bush provided introductory remarks.

    745 views
  • emMost Blessed of the Patriarchsem
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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…

    666 views
  • Annette GordonReed and Peter Onuf Discuss Thomas Jeffersons Intellect
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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…

    1,659 views
  • Worst Presidents in American History
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    Worst Presidents in American History

    Panelists talked about some of the least popular, least successful, and most forgotten presidents in American history. They began by discussing what makes for a bad president, and then offered nominees for the title of…

    2,797 views
  • emThe Birth of a Nationem at 100
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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…

    1,208 views
  • Scholarship of Historian and Author David Reynolds
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    Scholarship of Historian and Author David Reynolds

    A panel examines the historical scholarship of David Reynolds, author of biographies of John Brown and Walt Whitman and histories of the mid-19th century. The panelists include Pulitzer…

    378 views
  • Teaching About Slavery
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    Teaching About Slavery

    Annette Gordon-Reed spoke about issues related to teaching the history of slavery, and about the research that led to her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won…

    626 views
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