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    David Pietrusza talked about his book 1932: The Rise of Hitler and FDR-Two Tales of Politics, Betrayal, and Unlikely Destiny, in which he examines the events that marked presidential races…

  • Discussion on the Shipwreck of the SS Eastland
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    Shipwreck of the SS Eastland

    Michael McCarthy talked about the July 1915 capsizing of the SS Eastland in the Chicago River. 844 people died in the tragedy, including 22 entire families. Mr. McCarthy, author of Ashes…

  • Discussion on Women Aviators During World War II
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    Women Aviators During World War II

    J. Lincoln Hallowell and Judith Berdy talked about American Women aviators, engineers, and air field personnel who served during World War II. Mr. Hallowell argued that these women…

  • Discussion on New York in the Jazz Age
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    Jazz Age New York

    Donald Miller talks about Manhattan’s growth and transformation in the 1920s, including its growth from an urban backwater to a capital of culture and the people who made it possible. This…

  • New Yorks Year of Anarchy
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    New York's Year of Anarchy

    Thai Jones, curator for American History at Columbia University, told the story of the struggle between anarchists, progressives, and plutocrats in 1914 New York City.

  • emAmericas Obsessivesem
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    America's Obsessives

    Author Joshua Kendall talked about his book, America’s Obsessives: The Compulsive Energy That Built a Nation, in which he discusses the lives and achievements of several iconic figures that…

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    On History

    Filmmakers Oliver Stone and Tariq Ali presented their thoughts on the politics of history and what they consider to be hidden aspects of American history in this continuation of the ongoing dialogue which…

  • emHostage to Fortune The Letters of Joseph P Kennedyem
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    Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy

    Ms. Smith talked about the collection she edited of her grandfather’s writings Hostage to Fortune: The Letters of Joseph P. Kennedy, published by Viking. Joseph Kennedy, father of President John…

  • Conservatism and Liberalism in the 1960s
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    Conservatism and Liberalism in the 1960s

    Upon the re-publication of Barry Goldwater’s The Conscience of a Conservative and John Kenneth Galbraith’s The New Industrial State, a panel of political and historical observers discussed the conservatism and liberalism of…

  • emAcheson The Secretary of Stateem
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    Acheson: The Secretary of State

    Mr. Chace discussed his biography, Acheson: The Secretary of State Who Created the American World, published by Simon & Schuster. The book covers Acheson’s entire career, from Treasury and…

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    Dan Rice

    Mr. Carlyon discussed his biography Dan Rice: The Most Famous Man You’ve Never Heard Of, published by Public Affairs. Dan Rice was a 19th century showman, humorist, and public office-seeker. He was also a…

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    Mayor Corning

    Mr. Grondahl talked about his new book, Mayor Corning: Albany Icon, Albany Enigma. The book examines the life of Erastus Corning, who served as the mayor of Albany, NY, for 42 years. Mr.…

  • New York Politics In The Mid 1900s
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    New York Politics In The Mid 1900's

    Robert Caro, the author of Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York spoke about New York politics in the mid twentieth century. In this first lecture, Mr. Caro spoke about Robert…