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    The Slave's Gamble

    In The Slave’s Gamble: Choosing Sides in the War of 1812, author Gene Smith shared the stories of several African Americans and their decision to fight for or against the United States during the War of…

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    Thomas Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase

    Professor Gene Smith talked about Thomas Jefferson’s challenges with the Louisiana Purchase Treaty. He discussed Jefferson’s concerns over whether it was unconstitutional, the resistance from the…

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    Naval Logistics in the American Revolution

    Four historians talked about the problems faced by the fledgling American Navy during the Revolutionary War, and how the force overcame the scarcity of vital provisions. They also spoke…

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    U.S. Navy and the Battle of New Orleans

    Historian Gene Allen Smith talked about the role of the American Navy during the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812. He described the history of the Navy leading up the battle, and gave a…

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    African Americans and the War of 1812

    Historian Gene Allen Smith talked about the experiences of African Americans during the War of 1812, and the choice many faced between joining the U.S. or the British, who offered to free…

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    Manifest Destiny and the Texas Revolution

    Historian Gene Smith talked about how Thomas Jefferson and the concept of Manifest Destiny laid the framework for the Texas Revolution by encouraging American growth. Commissioner Patterson made…