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    Politics of the Founding Era and Today

    Panelists compared founding-era politics to today’s. They stressed that while government size and voting demographics have changed, many issues that concern Americans today worried those in the…

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    The Boston Massacre

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

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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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    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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    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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    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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    They Knew They Were Pilgrims

    John Turner, a George Mason University religious studies professor, provided a history of the Plymouth Colony, established in 1620 by English settlers. This was a virtual event hosted by…

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    Patriot Movement Before the American Revolution

    Historian Amy Watson talked about British imperialism and the New England Patriot movement in the 1700s. She described the movement’s ideology, discussed why they were involved in the 1745…

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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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    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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    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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