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  • emMapp v Ohioem
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    Mapp v. Ohio

    Professor Carolyn Long talked about her book, Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, in which she discusses the Supreme Court decision Mapp v. Ohio, in which the…

  • Vicksburg Civil War Campaign
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    Vicksburg Civil War Campaign

    Military historian Gregory Hospodor spoke about the year-long campaign by the Union Army and Navy to take Vicksburg, the last Confederate stronghold on the Mississippi River. He talked about…

  • emPlessy v Fergusonem
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    Plessy v. Ferguson

    Author Williamjames Hoffer talked about his book, Plessy v. Ferguson: Race and Inequality in Jim Crow America, in which he examines the legacy of the 1896 Supreme Court decision that…

  • Public Opinion of Warren G Harding
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    Public Opinion of Warren G. Harding

    Phillip Payne, author of Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding’s Scandalous Legacy, talked about the 29th President. Warren G. Harding is consistently listed at the bottom of rankings of America’s best…

  • 1886  Haymarket Bombing and Trial
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    1886 Haymarket Bombing and Trial

    Timothy Messer-Kruse, author of The Trial of the Haymarket Anarchists: Terrorism and Justice in the Gilded Age, talked about the events surrounding the 1886 Haymarket bombing and trial in…

  • Professor Henry Adams on Abigail Adams
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    Professor Henry Adams on Abigail Adams

    Henry Adams, professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University and descendant of John Adams, talked about the life, correspondence, and marriage of Abigail and John Adams, as…

  • Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War
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    Lawrence Massacre and the Guerilla War

    Military history professor Tony Mullis talked about the guerrilla attack known as the Lawrence Massacre, which took place on August 21, 1863 in the pro-Union town of Lawrence, Kansas during…

  • emTo Marry an English Lordem
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    To Marry an English Lord

    Carol Wallace talked about late 19th and early 20th century American heiresses who married English Lords to improve their own social status. She is the co-author of the book To Marry an English Lord,…

  • emThe Men Who Lost Americaem
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    The Men Who Lost America

    Andrew O’Shaughnessy talked about his book, The Men Who Lost America: British Leadership, the American Revolution, and the Fate of the Empire, in which he profiles the leaders of the British Army…

  • emFounding Financeem
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    Founding Finance

    William Hogeland talked about his book, Founding Finance: How Debt, Speculation, Foreclosures, Protests, and Crackdowns Made Us a Nation, in which he presents the conflicting views of economics…

  • Frank and Jesse James
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    Frank and Jesse James

    James P. Muehlberger talked about the 1869 killing of a bank cashier in Gallatin, Missouri that has long been considered the first in a long line of robberies by Jesse and Frank James. In his…

  • Washington Jefferson and Slavery
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    Washington, Jefferson and Slavery

    Henry Wiencek, author of An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America, and Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves, talked about the private…

  • Lincolns Indispensable Man
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    Lincoln's Indispensable Man

    Author Walter Stahr spoke at the Kansas City Public Library about Abraham Lincoln’s former presidential rival, William Henry Seward, who eventually became Lincoln’s Secretary of State and…

  • emDred Scott and the Politics of Slaveryem
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    Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery

    Earl Maltz talked about his book, Dred Scott and the Politics of Slavery, in which he examines the political atmosphere in the U.S. leading up to the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court case,…

  • Mexico Border
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    Mexico Border

    Rachel St. John talked about the history of the western U.S.-Mexico border from the mid-19th century to the turn of the 20th century. She spoke about the complex issues that arose out of…

  • Theodore Roosevelt and William Rockhill Nelson
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    Theodore Roosevelt and William Rockhill Nelson

    Professor Lewis Gould talked about the relationship between Theodore Roosevelt and one of his important supporters, Kansas City Star newspaper publisher William Rockhill Nelson. Professor Gould…

  • Conversation with Jim Lehrer
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    Conversation with Jim Lehrer

    Jim Lehrer talked about the history of presidential debates, his 2011 memoir Tension City, and his post-debate interviews with many of the presidential and vice-presidential candidates.…