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  • District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862
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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act of 1862

    Historians discussed the District of Columbia Compensated Emancipation Act of April 16, 1862. The act freed about 3,100 slaves in the nation’s capital and compensated owners up to $300 for…

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    Feminism for the Americas

    Professor Katherine Marino talked about her book, Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement, on the rise and impact of the women’s rights movement in…

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    The National Institute of Health’s Jeremy Brown talked about his book, Influenza: The Hundred Year Hunt to Cure the Deadliest Disease in History , the 1918 flu pandemic that killed between…

  • US Army Photographers in Vietnam
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    U.S. Army Photographers in Vietnam

    In 1962, President Kennedy authorized the creation of the Department of the Army Special Photographic Office to film and photograph the Vietnam War for the Pentagon and the U.S. Congress.…

  • Historian Harlow Giles Unger Discusses Life of Benjamin Rush
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    Dr. Benjamin Rush

    Historian Harlow Giles Unger recalled the life of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who espoused equal rights for women, the abolition of slavery, and free…

  • Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Speaks at National Archives Naturalization Ceremony
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    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Bill of Rights Day

    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg delivered remarks at the National Archives to mark the 227th anniversary of the Bill of Rights. Before she spoke, the National Archives marked the…

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    LBJ's 1968

    LBJ Presidential Library director Kyle Longley recounted how President Johnson handled the political and social events of 1968; from the Vietnam War to the assassinations of Martin Luther…

  • The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
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    The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

    Military historian Patrick O’Donnell talked about his book, The Unknowns: The Untold Story of America’s Unknown Soldier and WWI’s Most Decorated Heroes Who Brought Him Home. He chronicled the…

  • US Women Soldiers During World War I
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    U.S. Women Soldiers During World War I

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about the women who served overseas as telephone operators in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I. She also spoke about how their service affected the…

  • Richard Nixons 1968 Victory
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    Richard Nixon's 1968 Victory

    Fifty years after Richard Nixon’s victorious 1968 presidential election, senior campaign aides gathered at the National Archives and recounted behind-the-scenes stories. The National…

  • Supreme Court Justices PreCivil War and Slavery
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    Supreme Court Justices Pre-Civil War and Slavery

    Legal historian, college president, and author Paul Finkelman gave a talk on three of the most influential Pre-Civil War era Supreme Court Justices; Chief Justice Roger B. Taney, Associate…

  • Green Berets at Vietnams A Shau Valley
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    Green Berets at Vietnam's A Shau Valley

    Medal of Honor recipient Bennie Adkins was interviewed by the co-author of his book, A Tiger among Us: A Story of Valor in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. Sergeant Adkins described how he and sixteen…

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    We Few

    Nick Brokhausen remembered his time in the Vietnam War as a member of a recon company that advanced into North Vietnamese controlled parts of Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

  • Citizen Protest Movements and Congress
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    Citizen Protest Movements and Congress

    Current and former members of Congress and a student and teacher who were present during the school shooting at Marjory Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, discussed citizen movements…

  • Remembering Vietnam Tour
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    "Remembering Vietnam" Tour

    American History TV toured the National Archives exhibit “Remembering Vietnam,” the first comprehensive display there on the war. Vietnam War veteran and Archivist of the United States…

  • President Nixons Drug Abuse Initiatives
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    President Nixon's Drug Abuse Initiatives

    Nixon-era officials revisited the administration’s drug abuse initiatives in the early 1970s. They discussed treatment approaches, law enforcement strategies, and President Nixon’s famous…

  • Richard Nixon and the Democratic Congress
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    Richard Nixon and the Democratic Congress

    Veterans of Richard Nixon’s White House gathered to talk about the president’s relationship with Congress. As he began his first term in 1969 he faced the opposition party in control of…

  • Vietnam Wars Tet Offensive 50th Anniversary
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    Vietnam War's Tet Offensive 50th Anniversary

    A panel of historians looked back 50 years at the Vietnam War’s Tet Offensive, which started on January 30, 1968 as Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces attacking more than 100 cities,…

  • Civil WarEra Women in the Federal Workforce
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    Civil War-Era Women in the Federal Workforce

    Jessica Ziparo, author of This Grand Experiment, talked about the experiences of women who worked for the federal government during the Civil War. She described the types of jobs they did,…

  • emThe Womans Hourem
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    The Woman's Hour

    Elaine Weiss recalled the women’s suffrage movement’s efforts to promote the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution in 1920, which would allow women the right to vote.

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