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  • Declaration of Independence Global Legacy
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    Declaration of Independence Global Legacy

    University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell talked about the Declaration of Independence, its origins, purpose, and global significance during and after the American Revolution.…

  • emThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burrem
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    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel on…

  • Rethinking Americas Founding Narrative
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    Rethinking America's Founding Narrative

    Constitutional law Professor Kermit Roosevelt presented a talk titled: “The Constitution and Declaration of Independence: A Contrary View.” Professor Roosevelt, the great-great-grandson of…

  • Role of Women in America 17701850
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    Role of Women in America, 1770-1850

    Historian Elisabeth Griffith examined the history of women in America from the 1770s to the 1850s, looking at their roles inside the home, occupations in the workforce, and their legal…

  • Conspiracies in the Early Republic
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    Conspiracies in the Early Republic

    James Lewis talked about Vice President Aaron Burr, his deadly duel with Alexander Hamilton, and the conspiracy surrounding his westward venture. He connected these events to larger…

  • emPatrick Henryem
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    Patrick Henry

    Jon Kukla talked about his book Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, in which he recounts the life of Patrick Henry, a champion of American independence from Britain, who is most commonly remembered for his…

  • Discussion on the Birth of Washington DC
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    Birth of Washington, D.C.

    Kenneth Bowling talked about how Washington, D.C., became the Capital of the United States. He spoke about how the location was chosen, the figures that shaped the city’s creation, and the plan…

  • Pierre LEnfant and Washington DC
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    Pierre L'Enfant and Washington, D.C.

    Scott Berg talked about Pierre Charles L’Enfant, the French architect who designed Washington, D.C. Professor Berg spoke about L’Enfant’s relationship with President George Washington, who…

  • emThe Genuine Articleem
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    The Genuine Article

    Professor Emeritus Morgan spoke about his book The Genuine Article: A Historian Looks at Early America, published by W. W. Norton and Company. In this collection of twenty-four essays…