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  • Discussion on Spy Couple Julius and Ethel Rosenberg
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    Soviet Spy Couple and the Atom Bomb

    Panelists talked about Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the spy couple who leaked the secrets of the atom bomb to the Soviet Union in the 1950s. They spoke about the Rosenberg’s devotion to the…

  • Historiography of Soviet Espionage in America
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    Historiography of Soviet Espionage in America

    A panel of historians and professors examined the effects that Soviet spies had on the American public’s mentality and on history itself. They also looked at the lives of some Soviet spies, most notably those…

  • The Library of Congress
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    The Library of Congress

    C-SPAN’s original feature documentary, The Library of Congress, is a behind-the-scenes look at the national repository, providing the history of the institution, a tour of its iconic Jefferson…

  • emSpies The Rise and Fall of the KGB in Americaem
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    Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America

    John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr talked about the book they wrote with Alexander Vassiliev, Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (Yale University Press; May 26, 2009). Alexander…

  • House Committee on UnAmerican Activities ReEvaluated
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    House Committee on Un-American Activities Re-Evaluated

    A panel discussion was held to re-evaluate the House Committee on Un-American Activities, using new information from formerly closed archives. After their papers were presented, Mr. Leab and Mr. Haynes provided commentary. Then the panelists…

  • emIn Denial  Historians Communism and Espionageem
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    In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage

    Historian John Earl Haynes discussed his book, In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage, published by Encounter Books. Mr. Haynes and co-author Harvey Klehr were the first American…

  • The ArmyMcCarthy Hearings
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    The Army-McCarthy Hearings

    Participants spoke about the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. They commented on various audio excerpts from the hearings and responded to viewer comments and questions. The Army-McCarthy…

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    Engineering Communism

    Steven Usdin talked about his book Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley, published by Yale University Press. The book documents…

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    Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America

    Mr. Haynes talked about a book he co-wrote with Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, published by Yale University Press. He described how the United States decrypted…

  • emRed Spies in Americaem
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    Red Spies in America

    Professor Sibley talked about her new book, Red Spies in America: Stolen Secrets and the Dawn of the Cold War, published by University Press of Kansas. She described the history of…

  • Presidential Papers
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    Presidential Papers

    Library of Congress officials exhibited the collection of presidential papers housed in the Madison building of the library. They outlined the process of conducting research at the library,…

  • President Wilsons Papers
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    President Wilson's Papers

    Mr. Haynes talked about papers from President Wilson regarding his presidency at Princeton University and foreign policy during World War I.

  • McCarthyism in America
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    McCarthyism in America

    On the anniversary of Senator McCarthy’s “Wheeling speech,” in which he accused Truman administration officials of being influenced by communists, panelists spoke about McCarthy’s legacy,…

  • Rethinking McCarthy
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    Rethinking McCarthy

    Participants talked about recent scholarship revealing strong ties between communists in the U.S. and Soviet authorities in the early stages of the Cold War. In light of the research they also…

  • Coolidge Presidency
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    Coolidge Presidency

    Professor Johnson talked about the influence of President Calvin Coolidge on American society .