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  • Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson
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    Impeachment of President Andrew Johnson

    University of Kentucky history professor Mark Summers talked about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. This event was part of a symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society…

    966 views
  • Impeachment of Andrew Johnson in Popular Culture
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    Impeachment of Andrew Johnson in Popular Culture

    University of California, Irvine English Professor Brook Thomas delivered a talk titled, “The Politics of Popular Portrayals of Andrew Johnson’s Impeachment.” Professor Thomas discussed…

    525 views
  • Voting Rights and Historians in the Courtroom
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    Voting Rights and Historians in the Courtroom

    Clemson University history Professor Vernon Burton recalled his experiences as an expert witness for plaintiffs in voting rights cases in South Carolina and Texas. Professor Burton also…

    178 views
  • Reconstruction and the US Supreme Court
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    Reconstruction and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Legal historian Paul Finkelman and Harvard law Professor Randall Kennedy presented talks on the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in the Reconstruction era. Paul Finkelman detailed why he believes that…

    431 views
  • Origins of Fourteenth Amendment
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    Origins of Fourteenth Amendment

    Clemson University history professor Orville Vernon Burton talked about the origins of the 14th Amendment, and why it was essential and necessary to ratify after the South’s defeat in the…

    1,190 views
  • Supreme Court Justices PreCivil War and Slavery
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    Supreme Court Justices Pre-Civil War and Slavery

    Legal historian, college president, and author Paul Finkelman gave a talk on three of the most influential Pre-Civil War era Supreme Court Justices; Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Associate…

    1,048 views
  • 14th Amendment and Reconstruction
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    14th Amendment and Reconstruction

    A panel of historians took questions on the 14th Amendment and Reconstruction era. This question and answer session was part of a symposium hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society…

    435 views
  • Race Citizenship and the 14th Amendment
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    Race, Citizenship, and the 14th Amendment

    The 14th Amendment was ratified in 1868 in the aftermath of the Civil War during the Reconstruction era. The amendment’s first clause, known as the “Citizenship Clause,” states that “All persons…

    665 views
  • Abolitionist Representative James Ashley
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    Abolitionist Representative James Ashley

    Author and law professor Rebecca Zietlow looked at the life and work of James Mitchell Ashley, an abolitionist and Republican congressman from Ohio during the Civil War and early…

    312 views
  • Reconstruction and Civil Rights
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    Reconstruction and Civil Rights

    Eric Foner talked about the challenges of establishing civil rights for freedmen in the Reconstruction period and beyond. This talk was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s annual…

    965 views
  • Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic
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    Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin and spoke about the experiences of the Swiss founding father and immigration laws in the early American republic. Geneva native Albert Gallatin immigrated to the…

    517 views
  • Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965
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    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

    Professor Gabriel Chin talked about whether the initial intent of the 1965 Immigration Act was to diversify America, or if it was an unintended consequence. Professor Chin argued that despite much…

    727 views
  • Immigration Reform Act and Latinos
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    Immigration Reform Act and Latinos

    Professor Mariela Olivares talked about the effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 on Latinos, specifically from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. She argued that this…

    383 views
  • Chinese Stereotypes in the Late 19th Century
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    Chinese Stereotypes in the Late 19th Century

    Andrew Gyory talked about the origins of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and how popular culture helped shape negative Chinese stereotypes throughout the late 19th century. The lecture was part of a…

    1,145 views
  • Immigration in America
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    Immigration in America

    Professor Emeritus Paul Finkelman delivered the keynote address at a symposium focused on the history of immigration in America. He compares the roles of Congress, states, and the president…

    702 views
  • Representative Emanuel Celler and Immigration Laws
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    Representative Emanuel Celler and Immigration Laws

    Rabbi Lance Sussman talked about Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY), who served in the House from 1923 to 1973. Professor Sussman detailed Celler’s career-long fight against immigration restrictions…

    451 views
  • Asylum Law in the United States
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    Asylum Law in the United States

    Renee Redman talked about the history of Asylum Law in the United States. She argued that prior to the Refugee Act of 1980, the application process for asylum or refugee status was based on foreign policy rather…

    720 views
  • First Ladies Sarah Polk Margaret Taylor and Abigail Fillmore
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    First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore

    Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah…

    6,007 views
  • Discussion on the Military Trial of Henry Wirz
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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes was established as a…

    1,318 views
  • Discussion on Congress and Civil War Peace Terms
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    Congress and Civil War Peace Terms

    Gregory Downs talked about the role of Congress following the end of the Civil War. Professor downs said that when Congress met in December of 1865, occupation of the South, resignation of wartime powers, and…

    629 views
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