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  • Frederick Douglass Book Prize
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    Frederick Douglass Book Prize

    Book TV presented coverage of the 20th annual Frederick Douglass Book Prize awarded by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The winners were Erica Armstrong Dunbar, author of…

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  • Immigration Policy Since 1965
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    Immigration Policy Since 1965

    University of Texas at Austin professor Madeline Hsu taught a class about the 1965 Immigration Act and current immigration demographics. She described how the number and country of origin…

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  • Conspiracy Culture in Modern American Society
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    Conspiracy Culture in Modern American Society

    Indiana University Bloomington professor Stephen Andrews taught a class about conspiracy culture in modern American society. He looked at the demographics of what types of people believe in…

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  • Conspiracy Culture in American History
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    Conspiracy Culture in American History

    Indiana University Bloomington professor Stephen Andrews taught a class about conspiracy culture in American history. He described how conspiracy theories have changed over time, but often include…

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  • Revisiting Founding Era Documents
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    Revisiting Founding Era Documents

    Historians Carol Berkin and Denver Brunsman, community leader Farah Jimenez, and the Constitutional Sources Project executive director Julie Silverbrook highlighted two lesser known…

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  • 20th Century West and Federal Government
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    20th Century West and Federal Government

    Patricia Limerick spoke to educators about westward expansion and the closing of the American West in the 20th century. She talked about how the West has been portrayed as both pastoral and…

    725 views
  • Native American History
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    Native American History

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about Native American history from the Colonial era through westward expansion. He spoke about how tribes operated as separate nations, both in their…

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  • People Germs and Food in the Colonial Americas
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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

    1,096 views
  • Award Ceremony for emHamiltonem
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    Award Ceremony for Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda was presented with a Special Achievement Award from the board of the George Washington Book Prize. Mr. Miranda is the playwright, lyricist, composer, and star of the Broadway musical…

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  • Discussion on John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution
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    John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution, Part 2

    Joseph Ellis talked about the early years of the Revolutionary War through the letters of John and Abigail Adams. This was the second of a two part lecture.

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  • Discussion on John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution
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    John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution, Part 1

    Joseph Ellis talked about the early years of the Revolutionary War through the letters of John and Abigail Adams. This was the first of a two part lecture.

    1,629 views
  • Wartime Press
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    Wartime Press

    Panelists talked about the evolution of the American wartime press from the Civil War to the present. They spoke about the relationship between the press and the executive branch, and the…

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  • Abusing Lincolns Legacy
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    Abusing Lincoln's Legacy

    Panelists talked about the use, and abuse, of Lincoln’s legacy in today’s Washington. This event was co-sponsored by Ford’s Theatre and was part of the “Understanding Lincoln” online course…

    716 views
  • emAlexander Hamiltonem
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    Alexander Hamilton

    Ron Chernow spoke about his biography, Alexander Hamilton, published by Penguin Press. Mr. Chernow examined the remarkable life and career of the Founding Father, and the chief author of…

    3,424 views
  • Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery
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    Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery

    Scholars participated in a panel discussion on the crisis of slavery leading up to and during President Lincoln’s administration and its impact on his presidency. Sean Wilentz spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy,” Manisha…

    898 views
  • Presidential Power in Wartime
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    Presidential Power in Wartime

    A discussion was held on the expansion of executive power during a time of war. President Lincoln’s successors have raised much more controversy than he did as they have sought to expand presidential…

    809 views
  • emMartin Van Burenem
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    Martin Van Buren

    Ted Widmer talked about his book Martin Van Buren, which is part of The American Presidents series published by Times Books. Mr. Widmer talked about Van Buren’s presidency, his reaction to the…

    792 views
  • Lincoln in His Time and Ours
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    Lincoln in His Time and Ours

    “Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium” was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University to…

    347 views
  • The Enduring Lincoln
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    The Enduring Lincoln

    “Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium” was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University to observe the…

    257 views
  • emAfrican American National Biographyem
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    African American National Biography

    Editors-in-chief Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham talked about African American National Biography. The collection, written by 1,000 scholars, includes the biographies of over 4,000 African…

    343 views
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