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  • emRedemptionem
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    Journalist Joseph Rosenbloom recounted the last 31 hours of the life of Martin Luther King, Jr., which included his “Mountaintop Speech,” to a gathering of striking sanitation workers on…

  • emBullets into Bellsem
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    Bullets into Bells

    Co-editors Brian Clements, Alexandra Teague and Dean Rader reflected on gun violence in America through poetry and the voice of victims of gun violence.

  • Anne Hutchinson and 17th Century Puritan Views on Women
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    Anne Hutchinson and 17th Century Puritan Views on Women

    Eve LaPlante talked about her book, American Jezebel: The Uncommon Life of Anne Hutchinson, the Woman Who Defied the Puritans. She focused on 17th century Puritan views regarding women’s…

  • AfricanAmerican Poet Phillis Wheatley
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    African-American Poet Phillis Wheatley

    English professor Barbara Lewis talked about the time in which poet Phillis Wheatley lived. She spoke about Boston’s treatment of slaves and Phillis Wheatley’s standing in her master’s household.…

  • Myths About New England Puritans
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    Myths About New England Puritans

    Lori Stokes talked about five myths about New England Puritans that have given the religious group a negative reputation.

  • emAfricanaem
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    To celebrate the 175th anniversary of Mount Auburn Cemetery and its African-American history, Henry Louis Gates talked about the creation of the one-volume edition of the 5-volume Africana: The…

  • emTip ONeill and the Democratic Centuryem
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    Tip O'Neill and the Democratic Century

    John Farrell talked about his book, Tip O’Neill and the Democratic Century, published by Little, Brown & Company. The book is the first full-scale biography of the late speaker of the House. The author…

  • emGood Proseem
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    Good Prose

    Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tracy Kidder and former executive editor of The Atlantic Richard Todd talked about their book, Good Prose: The Art of Nonfiction - Stories and Advice from a…

  • emGilded Lives Fatal Voyageem
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    Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage

    In his book Hugh Brewster profiles several of the first-class passengers aboard the RMS Titanic. The ship with 2,209 on-board included passengers such as Major Archibald Butt, close adviser…

  • emSamuel Adams A Lifeem
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    Samuel Adams: A Life

    Iras Stoll talked about his book Samuel Adams: A Life (Free Press, November 4, 2008). In the book Mr. Stoll recalls the life of Samuel Adams, who he argues deserves greater recognition as one of…

  • Jeff Shaara on emThe Killer Angelsem
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    Jeff Shaara on The Killer Angels

    Jeff Shaara talked about his father Michael Shaara’s novel, The Killer Angels, written from the perspectives of four generals involved in the Battle of Gettysburg. Jeff Shaara wrote Gods and…

  • emLouisa May Alcottem
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    Louisa May Alcott

    Harriet Reisen talked about her book Louisa May Alcott: The Woman Behind Little Women (Henry Holt and Co.; October 27, 2009). In her book she recounts the life of Louisa May Alcott, writer, Civil War…

  • Censorship and Political Correctness Panel
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    Censorship and Political Correctness Panel

    The members of the panel discussed controversies about books in which they had been involved and other incidents about political correctness issues. William Styron is the author of The Confessions of Nat…

  • Jefferson Adams and Religion
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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious leaders, Enlightenment philosophers,…

  • emLast Lion The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedyem
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    Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy

    The team of seven reporters at The Boston Globe who wrote the book and Peter Canellos, who edited it, talked about Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy (Simon and Schuster (February 17,…

  • Jefferson Adams and Their Legacy
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    Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy

    Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following their prepared remarks, they answered…

  • emWealth and Poverty of Nationsem
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    Wealth and Poverty of Nations

    Professor Landes talked about his book, The Wealth and Poverty of Nations: Why Some Are So Rich and Some So Poor (W. W. Norton & Company, March 1998). He argued that the key to the wealth…

  • emSacco  Vanzettiem
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    Sacco & Vanzetti

    Bruce Watson talked about his book Sacco and Vanzetti: The Men, the Murders, and the Judgment of Mankind, published by Viking. He described the case of Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti,…

  • emThe Trial of Henry Kissingerem
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    The Trial of Henry Kissinger

    Mr. Hitchens talked about his book, The Trial of Henry Kissinger, published by Verso Books. In the book, Mr. Hitchens asserts that former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger should face charges…

  • emLost Bostonem
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    Lost Boston

    Jane Holtz Kay talked about the architectural history of Boston. She primarily used pictures and prints of the city from its early years to modernity in order to make her arguments. Ms. Kay…

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