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    Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman

    Jamie Stiehm compared the lives and achievements of Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman. She spoke about how growing up in Maryland affected their lives and led to their work as…

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    Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War

    Military historian Max Hastings presents a history of the first year of World War I in his book Catastrophe 1914: Europe Goes to War. He examines the diplomatic failings that led to the…

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    Clara Barton and the Missing Men Project

    Jamie Stiehm talked about the humanitarian efforts of Civil War nurse Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross. Ms. Steihm argued that Ms. Barton’s upbringing played a major role in her…

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    Underground Railroad and Washington, D.C.

    C.R. Gibbs talked about the Underground Railroad network in Washington, D.C., as well as members of Congress involvement and stance on escaped slaves and Underground Railroad locations in…

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    The Kidney Sellers

    Sigrid Fry-Revere talked about her book, The Kidney Sellers: A Journey of Discovery in Iran, in which she explores the ethics and politics surrounding the selling of human organs. She…

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    Book Discusssion The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973

    Kathleen Frydl talked about her book, The Drug Wars in America, 1940-1973, in which she argues that contrary to common perception, the war on drugs did not begin with President Nixon’s…

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    Reflections from the March on Washington

    Several Americans who participated in the August 28, 1963, March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom told their stories at an event marking the 50th anniversary of the event. “I Was There: Oral…

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    The Democracy Project

    David Graeber talked about his book, The Democracy Project: A History, A Crisis, A Movement, in which he argues that America’s political system is only responsive to the wealthy and has disenfranchised…

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    Ladder to the Moon

    Maya Soetoro-Ng, President Obama’s sister, presented her children’s book, Ladder to the Moon, to children at the Tenley-Friendship Library in Washington, D.C. Ms. Soetoro-Ng’s book was…

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    Reading Magic

    Ms. Fox talked to parents and teachers at the Northeast Branch of the District of Columbia Public Library about her new book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud to Our Children Will Change…

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    The Envy of the World

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    Letters About Literature Children's Essay Contest

    Winners of the Letters About Literature contest read their entries. Contestants were asked to write a letter to an author -- living or dead -- explaining how the author’s work changed their view…

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    National Library Week

    Mrs. Bush read to students to commemorate National Library Week.

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    It's About the Money

    The Jacksons talked about their book It’s About the Money: The Fourth Movement of the Freedom Symphony: How to Build Wealth, Get Access to Capital, and Achieve Your Financial Dreams,…

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    The Whole Woman

    Ms. Greer talked about her book The Whole Woman, published by Knopf Publishing. The book examines the challenges that women face in regard to body, mind, love and power. After her comments…

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