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  • emBound for the Promised Landem
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    Bound for the Promised Land

    Kate Larson talked about her book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an Ameican Hero, published by Ballantine Books. In it the author chronicled the life of one of the…

  • emAmerican Nietzscheem
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    American Nietzsche

    Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen talked about the history of German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche’s impact on both the right and left in the United States and on multitudinous aspects of American thought…

  • The Future of Authors Books and Libraries
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    The Future of Authors, Books and Libraries

    Scott Turow and Judge Richard Posner talked about the future of book publishing in the digital age and related topics. They also responded to questions from members of the audience at the Newberry Library in…

  • emThe Fiery Trialem
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    The Fiery Trial

    Eric Foner examines Abraham Lincoln’s thoughts on slavery. Mr. Foner relays that early in Mr. Lincoln’s political career he was “naturally anti-slavery” but adhered to the Constitution’s protection of…

  • African American Perspectives on Abraham Lincoln
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    African American Perspectives on Abraham Lincoln

    Rep. Jackson, a member of the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, provided opening and closing remarks. Moderated by Professor Horton, panelists discussed African American perspectives on Abraham…

  • emFamily Propertiesem
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    Family Properties

    Beryl Satter talked about her book Family Properties: Race, Real Estate, and the Exploitation of Black Urban America (Metropolitan Books; March 17, 2009). Professor Satter, chair of the history department at Rutgers…

  • emMother Jonesem
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    Mother Jones

    Professor Gorn talked about his book, Mother Jones: The Most Dangerous Woman in America, published by Hill & Wang. The biography is about social activist Mother Jones and the times in which…

  • emApril Blood  Florence and the Plot Against the Mediciem
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    April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici

    Lauro Martines talked about his book, April Blood: Florence and the Plot Against the Medici, published by Oxford University Press. He described the political feuds between the Pazzi family…

  • Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser  Discussion
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    Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser Discussion

    Mr. Higbie and Mr. Savage talked about the time period in which Upton Sinclair and Theodore Dreiser wrote. They also talked about the fictional representations of Chicago in both authors'…

  • emNo Constitutional Right to Be Ladiesem
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    No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies

    Ms. Kerber talked about her book No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship, published by Hill & Wang Publications. The book is about how men’s obligations were to public…

  • Newberry Library
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    Newberry Library

    Mr. Cullen described the history of the Newberry Library, the strengths of its collections, and its future. Ms. Hamilton conducted a tour of the current exhibit, “Living Treasures,” which…

  • emThe American Mayor The Best and Worst BigCity Leadersem
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    The American Mayor: The Best and Worst Big-City Leaders

    Mr. Holli talked about his book, The American Mayor: The Best and Worst Big-City Leaders published by Pennsylvania State University, which lists the 10 best and worst American mayors since…

  • emBenjamin Franklin Politicianem
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    Benjamin Franklin, Politician

    Prof. Jennings talked about his new book, Benjamin Franklin, Politician: The Mask and the Man published by W.W. Norton. His book explores areas of his life and career not covered in…

  • emThe Opening of the American Mindem
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    The Opening of the American Mind

    Mr. Levine talked about his recent book, The Opening of the American Mind: Canons, Culture & History. He emphasized that there had always been people who were frightened by a broad,…