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  • Declaration of Independence Manuscript Discovery
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    Declaration of Independence Manuscript Discovery

    Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff spoke about their discovery in Sussex, England, of the second known parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence.

  • Slavery and American Independence
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    Slavery and American Independence

    The National Archives hosted a dramatic reading of an 1852 speech by former slave and abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass on the meaning of American independence to slaves, sometimes called,…

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    Agent 110

    Scott Miller talked about his book Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, in which he recalls Allen Dulles' efforts to embolden the German resistance against…

  • US Women Soldiers During World War I
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    U.S. Women Soldiers During World War I

    Elizabeth Cobbs talked about the women who served overseas as telephone operators in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War I. She also spoke about how their service affected the…

  • Jewish Supreme Court Justices
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    Jewish Supreme Court Justices

    Rabbi David Dalin talked about his book Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan - Their Lives and Legacies, in which he chronicles the eight Jewish justices who have served…

  • France and Spain During the American Revolution
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    France and Spain During the American Revolution

    Larrie Ferreiro and François Furstenberg talked about France and Spain’s involvement in the American Revolution, arguing that Colonial forces could not withstand the British Army without…

  • Slavery Martha Washington and Dolley Madison
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    Slavery, Martha Washington, and Dolley Madison

    Marie Jenkins Schwartz talked about her book, Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves. She focused on how founding mothers Martha Washington and Dolley Madison viewed slavery and…

  • Presidential Libraries and Museums
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    Presidential Libraries and Museums

    Jodi Kanter talked about how presidential libraries and museums shape a president’s legacy. She is the author of Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from…

  • John F Kennedy Centennial
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    John F. Kennedy Centennial

    To mark the centennial of President John F. Kennedy’s birth, the National Archives hosted a conversation with his nephew, Stephen Kennedy Smith, and presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, who are the co-editors…

  • Harriet Tubman and the Maryland Underground Railroad
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    Harriet Tubman and the Maryland Underground Railroad

    The Maryland Park Service, together with the National Park Service, recently opened the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. To commemorate the opening,…

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    Opening Day

    Jonathan Eig talked about his book Opening Day: The Story of Jackie Robinson’s First Season, published by Simon and Schuster. The author contended that Robinson was not the best player in the Negro…

  • Federal Judges Discuss the Bill of Rights in Modern Times
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    Bill of Rights in Modern Times

    Three federal judges discussed the history of the Bill of Rights and its impact 225 years after ratification on a number of modern issues, including technology, same-sex marriage, free…

  • Slavery Indentured Servitude and Race
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    Slavery, Indentured Servitude, and Race

    Professor Gunther Peck talked about the complex history of slavery, indentured servitude, and the concept of race. Professor Peck explained that language-based definitions of race born out of the early…

  • World War I Combat Artists
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    World War I Combat Artists

    Archives volunteer Jan Hodges showed drawings by eight World War I combat artists. The National Archives in College Park, Maryland, houses hundreds of photos of artwork created during World…

  • NATO Exercise Able Archer 83
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    NATO Exercise Able Archer 83

    Nate Jones talked about his book, Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War. In his book, Mr. Jones explores Ronald Reagan’s thoughts on…

  • Equal Rights Amendment
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    Equal Rights Amendment

    The National Archives hosts a panel of scholars and historians discussing the Equal Rights Amendment. Introduced in 1923, the constitutional amendment wasn’t passed by Congress until 1972,…

  • Discussion Focuses on Slavery Jesuits and Georgetown University
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    Slavery, Jesuits, and Georgetown University

    Professor Adam Rothman talked about the Jesuits, a male Roman Catholic religious order, and their history during the 18th and 19th centuries as slave owners in Maryland and the Washington,…

  • Protecting Americas Historical Documents
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    Protecting America's Historical Documents

    Stephen Puleo talked about his book, American Treasures: The Secret Efforts to Save the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address.

  • National Archives Marks 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
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    National Park Service Centennial Discussion

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the National Archives hosted a screening of the film Places of Healing and Expression: National Parks in the Next Century,…

  • Michelle Obama and Laura Bush Discuss Role and Legacy of First Ladies
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    First Ladies' Support for the Military Community

    First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor Laura Bush talked about their support for U.S. servicemembers, veterans, and their families. They spoke about their shared experiences raising…

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