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  • 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…

  • Future of Space Exploration
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    Space Exploration

    James Green outlined the future of the NASA’s space exploration. NASA planned to send humans to Mars by 2030 and was mapping the planet using a robotic rover on Mars named Curiosity.

  • emThe US Navyem
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    The U.S. Navy

    Craig Symonds talked about his book The U.S. Navy: A Concise History, in which he provides a history of the U.S. Navy, from its inception during the Revolutionary War to its current…

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    Tom Lewis talked about his book Washington: A History of Our National City, in which he provides a history of Washington, D.C., from George Washington’s decision on the ten-mile site as the…

  • Civil War Espionage
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    Civil War Espionage

    Clayton Laurie talked about how, during the Civil War, both sides used new intelligence techniques that influenced the outcomes of key battles. This event was hosted by the Smithsonian…

  • Discussion on Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s
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    Sex and KGB Spies in the 1970s

    Jonna Mendez talked about how Czech husband and wife KGB spies Karl and Hana Koecher used sex to infiltrate the CIA and gather top-secret information. Ms. Mendez said that one popular Washington, D.C.,…

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