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  • Americas Entry into World War I
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    America's Entry into World War I

    Professor Mary Dudziak talked about the events and politics behind America’s entry into World War I and its mixed support from the American people. From 1914 to 1917, under the leadership…

  • Discussion on the Influence of the Magna Carta
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    America and the Magna Carta

    Law professors talked about the origins of the Magna Carta and its influence on the U.S. Bill of Rights. This event took place at the Library of Congress, where a 1215 copy of the Magna…

  • Reel America emThe Cityem
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    1939 Documentary The City

    This 1939 documentary argued that modern cities had become unhealthy and that planned communities more like pre-industrial small-town America were preferable. The film was produced for the 1939…

  • Myths Surrounding the StarSpangled Banner
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    Myths Surrounding the Star-Spangled Banner

    Panelists talked about several myths surrounding the “Star-Spangled Banner” and what led to the rise of the national anthem as a part of everyday society. They also spoke about events leading to the…

  • emMy Life and an Era Buck Colbert Franklinem
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    My Life and an Era: Buck Colbert Franklin

    Professor Franklin and his son, John Whittington Franklin talked about the book they co-edited, My Life and an Era: The Autobiography of Buck Colbert Franklin. The book is about the life of…

  • Waldseemullers Map of America
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    Waldseemuller's Map of America

    Panelists talked about a map made in 1507 by German mapmaker Martin Waldseemuller. It is considered one of the world’s rarest maps and believed to be the first map to name America. They discussed the…

  • The Founding of the National Academy of Science
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    The Founding of the National Academy of Science

    A look at the development of a national science infrastructure in America. In this discussion held at the Library of Congress, panelists talk about the establishment of the National Academy of…

  • emPresidential Campaign Postersem
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    Presidential Campaign Posters

    A look at the history of Presidential Campaign Posters. The editors of a Library of Congress book on the topic use examples of posters from their vast collections to discuss the differences…

  • Social and Cultural Impact of the Space Race
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    Social and Cultural Impact of the Space Race

    Neil Maher spoke about his research on the history of the U.S.-Soviet space race of the 1960s and 1970s. He spoke about the geopolitical implications of the effort to be first in space, but also how…

  • Korean War Veterans Panel
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    Korean War Veterans Panel

    A panel of Korean War Vetrans talked about journalist and historian David Halberstam’s final book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War, published by Hyperion. David Halberstam’s book…

  • emChildren of the Great Depressionem
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    Children of the Great Depression

    The co-editors discussed their book Children of the Depression, published by Indiana University Press. The book is a collection of images of children taken by Depression-era Farm Security…

  • emA Travelers Guide to the Civil Rights Movementem
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    A Traveler's Guide to the Civil Rights Movement

    Mr. Carrier talked about his book, A Traveler’s Guide to the Civil Rights Movement, published by Harvest Books. The book is an illustrated history of places, people, and events relevant to…

  • Historic Sound Recordings
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    Historic Sound Recordings

    Mr. Billington and other officials talked to reporters about the establishment of the National Recording Preservation Foundation and Board, as well as the induction of the first 50…

  • emFields of Visionem
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    Fields of Vision

    Army Colonel Butch Kievenaar, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, spoke by live remote from Iraq about ongoing security operations in Iraq to reporters in the…

  • Private Life of Abraham Lincoln
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    Private Life of Abraham Lincoln

    Ms. Goodwin talked about the way a leader’s private life affects his public actions. Ms. Goodwin analyzed the private life of Abraham Lincoln and three other contenders for the presidency in 1860, Salmon Chase, William Seward, and Edward…

  • emAmerican Heroinesem
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    American Heroines

    Senator Hutchison talked about her book, American Heroines: The Spirited Women Who Shaped Our Country, published by HarperCollins. She described pioneering American women such as Clara…

  • emFirst Great Triumphem
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    First Great Triumph

    Former Ambassador Zimmermann talked about United States international expansion around the beginning of the 20th century. He is the author of First Great Triumph: How Five Americans Made…

  • Veterans History Project
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    Veterans History Project

    Tom Wiener was interviewed about the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. He discussed the scope of the project and how people could participate in the project. Some views of the…

  • Veterans Oral History
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    Veterans Oral History

    Rep. Sam Johnson (R-TX) discussed his flight training and service as a fighter pilot during the Korean War. He also talked about his return home after the war and his assignment to the…

  • Veterans History Project
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    Veterans History Project

    Tom Wiener showed some of the Library of Congress archives of the Veterans History Project. He displayed the illustrated memoir of Frederick Stilson, who was an officer in France during…

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