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  • Ulysses S Grant
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    Ulysses S. Grant

    Charles Calhoun reevaluated the 18th president. Mr. Calhoun is the author of The Presidency of Ulysses S. Grant. He explained why Grant was considered an unsuccessful chief executive by…

  • Newly Discovered Black History Photographs
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    Newly Discovered Black History Photographs

    New York Times photo editor Darcy Eveleigh and journalist Rachel Swarns talked about their book Unseen: Unpublished Black History from the New York Times Photo Archives. They shared several…

  • emThe Butchering Artem
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    The Butchering Art

    Lindsey Fitzharris talked about her book, The Butchering Art, about surgery in the 19th century and the medical advances of British doctor Joseph Lister, who asserted that germs were…

  • Conspiracies in the Early Republic
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    Conspiracies in the Early Republic

    James Lewis talked about Vice President Aaron Burr, his deadly duel with Alexander Hamilton, and the conspiracy surrounding his westward venture. He connected these events to larger…

  • Suffrage and American Women in Politics
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    Suffrage and American Women in Politics

    Historian Elisabeth Griffith examined the legacy of the 19th Amendment giving women the right to vote and pondered the question: did suffrage matter? With women currently making up only twenty…

  • emPatrick Henryem
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    Patrick Henry

    Jon Kukla talked about his book Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, in which he recounts the life of Patrick Henry, a champion of American independence from Britain, who is most commonly remembered for his…

  • Early 20th Century African American Migration
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    Early 20th Century African American Migration

    Historian Spencer Crew talked about the Great Migration, during which over six million African Americans moved after World War I from the rural South to urban areas in the North and West.…

  • Challenges After Womens Suffrage
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    Challenges After Women's Suffrage

    Professor Robyn Muncy talked about women’s voting rights following ratification of the 19th amendment in 1920. She focused on African Americans in the South as well as Native Americans and…

  • Manhattan Project
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    Manhattan Project

    Professor Martin Sherwin talked about the Manhattan Project, beginning with the discovery of fission in 1938 through the use of atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Nagasaki and…

  • World War I Navy
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    World War I Navy

    Professor James Rentfrow talked about how the U.S. Navy evolved in the 20 years between the Spanish-American War and World War I, when the Naval Act of 1916 introduced submarines and…

  • International Perspectives on the Civil War
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    International Perspectives on the Civil War

    Historian Paul Quigley talked about international perspectives on the U.S. Civil War. He argued that the South’s separatist movement aligned with other European movements for independence…

  • Attempts to Overthrow Cuban Leader Fidel Castro
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    Attempts to Overthrow Cuban Leader Fidel Castro

    Vince Houghton talked about attempts by the U.S. government to overthrow or assassinate Cuban leader Fidel Castro. He spoke about the Bay of Pigs invasion as well as lesser-known plans…

  • Montgomery Meigs in Washington
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    Montgomery Meigs in Washington

    Bill Keene talked about Montgomery Meigs' life as a civil engineer in Washington, D.C., as well as his role as Union Quartermaster General during and after the Civil War. Using photographs…

  • Larrie Ferreiro Discusses emBrothers at Armsem
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    Brothers at Arms

    Professor Larrie Ferreiro talked about his book Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It, in which he recalls the assistance that France and…

  • Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette
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    Slave and Revolutionary War Spy James Lafayette

    Katherine Egner Gruber talked about slave and Revolutionary War spy James Lafayette. Working for French General Marquis de Lafayette, enslaved volunteer James Lafayette posed as an escaped…

  • Smithsonian Associates Hosts Discussion on the 2016 Election
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    2016 Election Review

    Pollsters, reporters, and political scholars anazlyed the 2016 campaign and presidential election results. Other topics discussed included voter turnout and demographics, public polling,…

  • Oak Hill Cemetery
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    Oak Hill Cemetery

    Dave Jackson talked about Washington, D.C.'s historic Oak Hill Cemetery. Located in the capital’s Georgetown neighborhood, the cemetery serves as the final resting place for many politicians and…

  • Discussion on the Assassination of President James Garfield
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    Assassination of President James Garfield

    Professor Ralph Nurnberger talked about the stories behind and the historical impact of the assassination of President James Garfield. President Garfield had hoped to challenge pockets of…

  • Myth of the Lost Cause
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    Myth of the Lost Cause

    Edward Bonekemper talked about his book The Myth of the Lost Cause: Why the South Fought the Civil War and Why the North Won, in which he examines post-war arguments made by former…

  • US Army Corps of Engineers and Washington DC
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    U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Washington, D.C.

    Pamela Scott talked about her book Capital Engineers: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in the Development of Washington, D.C., 1790-2004, in which she looks at the role of the Army Corps of…

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