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  • History of Impeachment
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    History of Impeachment

    The co-authors of Impeachment: An American History talked about the only three presidential impeachment proceedings ever conducted: those involving Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and Bill…

  • Christianity Sex and Politics in the 20th Century
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    Christianity, Sex, and Politics in the 20th Century

    Scholar of American Christianity Marie Griffith talked about her book, Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians and Fractured American Politics. Professor Griffith argued that…

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    Why Wilson Matters

    Professor Tony Smith talked about his book Why Wilson Matters: The Origin of American Liberal Internationalism and Its Crisis Today, in which he offers his thoughts on the impact of President Woodrow Wilson on American…

  • emWhen the World Seemed Newem
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    When the World Seemed New

    Jeffrey Engel talked about his book When the World Seemed New, in which he examines George H.W. Bush’s foreign policy initiatives at the start of the post-Cold War world.

  • Alexandra Zapruder Discusses JFK Assassination
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    Abraham Zapruder and JFK Assassination

    Alexandra Zapruder talked about her book, Twenty-Six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film. Abraham Zapruder filmed President Kennedy’s Dallas motorcade and assassination in 1963…

  • First Lady Florence Harding
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    First Lady Florence Harding

    Katherine Sibley talked about how Florence Harding set new precedents as first lady by advocating for causes such as veterans' assistance and animal rights. She also talked about how President Warren…

  • Thomas Jefferson and Election of 1800
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    Thomas Jefferson and Election of 1800

    Andrew O’Shaughnessy talked about the election of 1800 and Thomas Jefferson’s “peaceful revolution.” He argued that the election was one of the most toxic in U.S. history and that it relied…

  • Founding Era Music and Politics
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    Founding Era Music and Politics

    Professor Kirsten Wood talked about the political use of music during the founding era of the United States. She explained that patriotic music created in this period was used for many purposes,…

  • Reevaluating Mary Lincoln
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    Re-evaluating Mary Lincoln

    Author Catherine Clinton talked about the changing historical narratives about President Lincoln’s wife, Mary. She spoke about how Mary would have been remembered if she had died instead of her husband…

  • Religion and Public Policy
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    Religion and Public Policy

    Four scholars gave presentations on religion and public policy throughout American history. The papers were “Teaching about Religion in Red State America” by Mark Chancey; “The Welfare of Faith” by Allison Collis Greene; “Orchestrating Death…

  • Discussion on Politics and Religion
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    Politics and Religion

    Four scholars gave presentations on the relationship between politics and religion throughout American history. The papers were: “The Resurrection of African-American Conservatives” by Anthea Butler; “The Rise of the 'Nones'” by Matthew…

  • Religious Faith and Politics
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    Religious Faith and Politics

    Four scholars gave presentations on the intersection of religious faith and politics. Professor Kate Carte Engel’s presentation was titled, “The Founding Fathers and Modern America"; Professor Darren Dochuk’s, "Crude Awakenings in…

  • Discussion on Religion and Social Issues
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    Religion and Social Issues

    Four scholars gave presentations about religion, politics, and social issues throughout American history. Topics included Christianity and Islam in America, as well as the history of religious groups and immigration policy. The papers were “In the Bowels of a Free &…

  • Discussion on the 1968 Presidential Election
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    1968 Presidential Election

    Professor Michael Nelson talked about how and why Richard Nixon’s victory in the 1968 presidential election came at a pivotal time in American politics. 1968 was marked by the…

  • FaithBased and Neighborhood Partnerships
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    Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

    Every director of the White House Faith-Based Offices since President Bush created the office in 2001, appeared together. They spoke in order of their service about the work of the White House on faith…