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  • emSpoken from the Heartem
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    Spoken from the Heart

    Former first lady Laura Bush discussed her memoir, Spoken from the Heart (Scribner; May 4, 2010), in conversation with journalist Cokie Roberts. Mrs. Bush began and ended by reading an except from her book…

    951 views
  • Manhattan Project
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    Manhattan Project

    Professor Martin Sherwin talked about the Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and…

    1,486 views
  • Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War
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    Interpreting the American Revolution and Civil War

    Art historian Judy Scott Feldman analyzed artistic portrayals of the American Revolution and Civil War. She talked about the influence of paintings, sculptures and memorials on how history…

    637 views
  • Declaration of Independence Global Legacy
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    Declaration of Independence Global Legacy

    University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell talked about the Declaration of Independence, its origins, purpose, and global significance during and after the American Revolution.…

    758 views
  • Discussion on the Assassination of President James Garfield
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    Assassination of President James Garfield

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about the stories behind and the historical impact of the assassination of President James Garfield. President Garfield had hoped to challenge pockets of…

    2,663 views
  • US Automobile History
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    U.S. Automobile History

    Historian Dan Albert talked about his book, Are We There Yet?: The American Automobile Past, Present, and Driverless, in which he chronicles the history of U.S. autos and argues against…

    574 views
  • Ulysses S Grant
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    Ulysses S. Grant

    Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by…

    1,397 views
  • Psychological Impact on World War I Pilots
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    Psychological Impact on World War I Pilots

    Author Mark Wilkins examined the psychological impact of World War I aerial combat and the disorder known as “aeroneurosis,” a nervous condition brought on by flying. He also talked about…

    415 views
  • Rise and Fall of Prohibition
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    Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    The Smithsonian Associates hosted this event in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the beginning of Prohibition enforcement in January of 1920. Historian, author, and tour guide Garrett…

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  • emThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burrem
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    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel on…

    3,738 views
  • Topgun  US Navy Fighter Weapons School
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    Topgun - U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School

    Former Navy fighter pilot Dan Pedersen, the first officer in charge and co-founder of the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School, discussed his book Top Gun: An American Story. In his illustrated…

    3,094 views
  • Cuban Revolution BehindtheScenes
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    Cuban Revolution Behind-the-Scenes

    Tony Perrottet talked about his book, Cuba Libre!: Che, Fidel, and the Improbable Revolution That Changed World History. He discussed Fidel Castro’s humble beginnings and highlighted the…

    594 views
  • Classical Music and Politics in 20th Century America
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    Classical Music and Politics in 20th Century America

    Author and former classical musician Jonathan Rosenberg discussed his new book, Dangerous Melodies: Classical Music in America from the Great War through the Cold War, which explores the…

    419 views
  • Rethinking Americas Founding Narrative
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    Rethinking America's Founding Narrative

    Constitutional law Professor Kermit Roosevelt presented a talk titled: “The Constitution and Declaration of Independence: A Contrary View.” Professor Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of…

    3,159 views
  • Presidents and Their CIA Directors
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    Presidents and Their CIA Directors

    CIA chief historian David Robarge talked about the evolving nature of the relationship between presidents and their CIA directors, and how it is influenced by the president’s needs and…

    855 views
  • Amelia Earhart  Legend and Legacy
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    Amelia Earhart - Legend and Legacy

    Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum curator Dorothy Cochrane used images to discuss the life and legacy of record-setting aviator Amelia Earhart; the first woman to fly solo across the…

    269 views
  • Wright Brothers and the First US Military Airplane
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    Wright Brothers and the First U.S. Military Airplane

    Aviation scholar Paul Glenshaw talked about the first U.S. military airplane - the 1909 Wright Flyer - designed by the pioneering Wright Brothers. The Smithsonian Associates hosted this…

    285 views
  • Transcendentalism and the 1960s Counterculture
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    Transcendentalism and the 1960s Counterculture

    Catholic University of America Religion and Culture Professor William Dinges compared the early 19th century transcendentalism and 1960s counterculture movements. The Smithsonian Associates…

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  • emThe Tubman Commandem
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    The Tubman Command

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about her book, The Tubman Command: A Novel, in which she recounted Harriet Tubman’s service as a nurse, spy, and cook, for the Union Army during the Civil War.

    816 views
  • Richard Nixons Life and Career
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    Richard Nixon's Life and Career

    John Farrell talked about the influence of Richard Nixon’s early life and career on his presidency, and how the two, he argues, ultimately led to his downfall. Mr. Farrell is the author of…

    442 views
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