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  • Protests for Black Citizenship
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    Protests for Black Citizenship

    The Massachusetts Historical Society hosted a panel of four historians discussing the ways blacks have protested for citizenship since the early days of the American Republic. Topics included…

  • emLexington and Concordem
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    Lexington and Concord

    George Daughan provided a history of the first military conflict of the Revolutionary War, the Battle of Lexington and Concord.

  • emJohn William McCormackem
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    John William McCormack

    Garrison Nelson talked about his book John William McCormack: A Political Biography, in which he recalls the life of John William McCormack, who served in the House of Representatives for…

  • emGerry Studdsem
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    Gerry Studds

    Mark Robert Schneider talked about his book Gerry Studds: America’s First Openly Gay Congressman, in which he recounts the life of former Representative Gerry Studds (D-MA), the first…

  • John Quincy Adams and Slavery
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    John Quincy Adams and Slavery

    David Waldstreicher and Matthew Mason talked about their book, John Quincy Adams and the Politics of Slavery: Selections from the Diary.

  • Charity Efforts for the Irish Great Famine
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    Charity Efforts for the Irish Great Famine

    Historians talked about the Great Famine in Ireland during the mid-19th century and how people across the globe, from Boston to Istanbul, contributed to relief efforts. They focused on the…

  • Stephen Kinzer Discusses emThe True Flagem
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    The True Flag

    Stephen Kinzer talked about his book The True Flag: Theodore Roosevelt, Mark Twain, and the Birth of American Empire, in which he recounts the public debate over American foreign policy at the…

  • emWar of Twoem
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    War of Two

    John Sedgwick talked about his book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation, in which he examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice…

  • Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Ferebee
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    Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Ferebee

    Judge Diane Kiesel talked about the life and accomplishments of civil rights activist Dorothy Ferebee. As an obstetrician and gynecologist at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Ms.…

  • emThe Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adamsem
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    The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

    Phyllis Lee Levin talked about her book, The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, about the formative years of America’s sixth president. In her book, the author examines the beginnings of…

  • Discussion on Correspondence Between John Adams and his Family
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    Adams Family Correspondence

    Panelists talked about the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams and their son John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa. This panel took place at an event marking John and Abigail…

  • Discussion on the Marriage of John and Abigail Adams
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    Marriage of John and Abigail Adams

    Edith Gelles talked about the 54-year marriage between John and Abigail Adams. She said the couple’s letters are evidence of their strong and successful partnership. This program took place…

  • Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England
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    Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England

    Professor Andrew Wehrman talked about smallpox in Revolutionary era America and the campaign to inoculate colonists, which was promoted by political leaders like John Adams. Adams, his wife…

  • emUnruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitutionem
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    Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

    Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group of…

  • emAbigail Adamsem
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    Abigail Adams

    Woody Holton talked about his biography Abigail Adams (Free Press; November 3, 2009). Mr. Holton focused on the first lady’s writings and reported that she championed the education of women…

  • emMy Dearest Friend Letters of Abigail and John Adamsem
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    My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

    John and Abigail Adams kept a written correspondence throughout their relationship that contained a commentary on the political landscape of the newly formed country. My Dearest Friend: Letters…

  • emReading Obama Dreams Hope and the American Political Traditionem
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    Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

    James Kloppenberg, chair of the history department at Harvard University, explores the philosophical, political, and historical studies of President Barack Obama. Mr. Kloppenberg examines how President…

  • Remembering Charles Sumner
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    Remembering Charles Sumner

    A program was given to highlight the efforts and achievements of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner during the bicentennial year of his birth and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He was a prominent…

  • emHis Excellency  George Washingtonem
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    His Excellency: George Washington

    Professor Joseph Ellis talked about his book His Excellency: George Washington, published by Knopf. The author explained Washington’s position on several issues, including expansion and…

  • Jefferson Adams and Religion
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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious leaders, Enlightenment philosophers,…

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