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    Washington and Hamilton

    Historians talked about the relationship between Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. They spoke about Thomas Jefferson’s opposition to Hamilton’s Federalist Party platform and how…

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    Assessing 20th Century Presidents

    William Leuchtenburg talked about the effectiveness and legacies of 20th century president. Professor Leuchtenburg is the author of The American President: From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill…

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    Jewish American History and Anti-Semitism

    Abraham Foxman and Thane Rosenbaum talked about the history of Judiasm and anti-semitism in modern America, including the Leo Frank murder trial, the Rosenberg espionage trial and…

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    Legacy of Reconstruction

    Historians and authors talked about the legacy of Reconstruction. They speculated on Abraham Lincoln’s plans for the post-Civil War period had he not been assassinated, and they discussed…

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    1863 Chattanooga Campaign

    Historians talked about the Civil War’s Chattanooga Campaign, which took place in the fall of 1863 and resulted in Union forces under General Ulysses S. Grant breaking through a Confederate…

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    The Brooklyn Bridge

    Barry Lewis talked about the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, which was built in the 1870s. Mr. Lewis spoke about at why Manhattan needed the bridge and how transportation through the…

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    George C. Marshall's World War II Strategy

    Professor Andrew Roberts talked about General George C. Marshall’s role in America’s World War II victories. He argued that General Marshall’s skills as a strategist transformed the U.S.…

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    When General Grant Expelled the Jews

    Jonathan Sarna recounts General Ulysses S. Grant’s order to expel the Jewish population in his commanding territory on December 17, 1862. The order, quickly revoked by President Abraham Lincoln, would…

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    John Quincy Adams Debate

    James Traub, author of John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, and historian and columnist Robert Kagan debated the question, “Was John Quincy Adams a realist?”

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    Celebrating Lincoln's Gettysburg Address

    Carla Knorowski, editor of Gettysburg Replies: The World Responds to Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, reads passages from the book, including writings by former President Jimmy Carter, former…

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    Alexander Hamilton and the Morris-Jumel Mansion

    Carol Ward talked about the historical ties between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Ms. Ward also talked about the connection between the site and the musical…

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    Theodore Roosevelt and His Children

    Eric Burns talked about his book, The Golden Lad: The Haunting Story of Quentin and Theodore Roosevelt. In his book, Mr. Burns explores the relationships Theodore Roosevelt had with his…

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    Lincoln's Views on Slavery and the 13th Amendment

    Daniel Crofts talked about his book, Lincoln and the Politics of Slavery: The Other Thirteenth Amendment and the Struggle to Save the Union. In his book, he describes how in 1861, Lincoln…

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    The Age of Clinton

    Gil Troy talked about his book The Age of Clinton: America in the 1990s, in which he looks at the impact of the Clinton Administration on international and American politics and culture.…

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    Hyde Park Roosevelts

    Geoffrey Ward, principle scriptwriter for the 2014 Ken Burns PBS documentary “The Roosevelts,” spoke about the Roosevelt family. He spoke with CBS correspondent Lesley Stahl about Franklin…

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    Chief Justices and Presidents

    Professor Akhil Reed Amar talked about the complex relationship between chief justices of the United States and American presidents. He looked back to the first appointed chief justice,…

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    The Compromise of 1850

    Fergus Bordewich talked about the Compromise of 1850 and the two generations of senators who dominated the great debate. Mr. Bordewich focused on Henry Clay, Stephen Douglas, and the impact…

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    Revolution in Military Technology

    Paul Springer talked about the use of cutting edge technology in the United States military. He argued that the advancement of robotic weaponry in warfare, such as drones and artificial…

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    Constitution and Bill of Rights Debate

    Richard Brookhiser talked about the Constitutional Convention and the debate over whether to include a bill of rights in the founding document.

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    Benjamin Franklin's Legacy

    Walter Isaacson talked about the life and legacy of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin. Mr. Isaacson argued that Benjamin Franklin’s innovation, networking methods, and passion for science epitomized what…

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