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    The Crooked Path to Abolition

    Civil War historian James Oakes examined how Abraham Lincoln thoughout his political career used the Constitution to abolish slavery. This was a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts…

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    Boston Red Sox and World War II

    Boston Red Sox historian Gordon Edes led a panel discussion on the team’s home front and battlefield contributions during World War II. Through the stories of Hall of Famer Ted Williams and…

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    Penelope Winslow and 17th Century Plymouth Colony

    Michelle Marchetti Coughlin discussed her book, Penelope Winslow, Plymouth Colony First Lady: Re-Imagining a Life. A descendant of English nobility, Winslow was the wife of Josiah Winslow, Plymouth…

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    Thomas Nast's Political Cartoons

    Fiona Deans Halloran, author of Thomas Nast: The Father of Modern Political Cartoons, and Salt Lake Tribune editorial cartoonist Pat Bagley talked about the life and work of the 19th-century…

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    Paper Money in Antebellum America

    Joshua Greenberg discussed his book, Bank Notes and Shinplasters: The Rage for Paper Money in the Early Republic, which examines the design and use of paper money in the antebellum era. He…

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    The Last Brahmin

    Texas A&M University-Central Texas History Professor Luke Nichter recalled the political career of Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., a Republican senator turned foreign policy advisor to five…

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    Books for Idle Hours

    Salve Regina University English professor Donna Harrington-Lueker discussed the concept of summer reading that was popularized in the nineteenth century. This was a virtual event hosted by…

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    Laid Waste!

    Purdue University history professor John Larson looked at how colonial Americans utilized industry to benefit themselves to the detriment of the environment. This was a virtual program…

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    The Lost Tradition of Economic Equality in America, 1600-1870

    History Professor Daniel Mandell argued that early Americans were critical of economic inequality and believed fiscal parity was an essential part of a functional society. This virtual…

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    City on a Hill

    Washington University English Professor Abram Van Engen provided a history of American exceptionalism and the term “city on a hill,” from its origins in a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay…

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    The Boston Massacre

    History Professor Serena Zabin provided a history of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

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    Black Radical

    Tuft University Professor Kerri Greenidge talked about her book recounting the life of William Monroe Trotter, a late 19th century civil rights activist, who used his wealth and leadership…

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    The Will of the People

    T.H. Breen, American law and governance professor at the Library of Congress, talked about his book, The Will of the People: The Revolutionary Birth of America , in which he looked at how…

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    Saving America's Cities

    Harvard University Professor Lizabeth Cohen looked at American urban policy in the 40 years following World War II through the life of urban planner Edward Logue, who was instrumental in…

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    Searching for Black Confederates

    Historian Kevin Levin talked about his book, Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth, in which he provided research that refutes claims that some African…

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    This Land Is Their Land

    George Washington University History Professor David Silverman talked about This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving. In his…

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    Apostles of Revolution

    Historian John Ferling recalled the joint efforts of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe to sow social and political upheaval throughout colonial America as well as their…

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    1849 Murder at Harvard University

    On November 23, 1849, Doctor George Parkman, one of the wealthiest men in Boston, disappeared. He was last seen visiting his alma mater, Harvard Medical School. Paul Collins, an English professor…

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    Lexington and Concord

    George Daughan provided a history of the first military conflict of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

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    John William McCormack

    Garrison Nelson talked about his book John William McCormack: A Political Biography, in which he recalls the life of John William McCormack, who served in the House of Representatives for…

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