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    Post World War II New York City

    David Reid talked about his book, The Brazen Age: New York City and the American Empire: Politics, Art, and Bohemia, in which he argues that between 1945 and 1950, post World War II New…

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    Underground Railroad

    Eric Foner spoke with Martha Hodes about his book, Gateway to Freedom: The Hidden History of the Underground Railroad. Professor Foner talked about Sydney Howard Gay, one of the key…

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    Health and Sanitation in 19th Century New York

    Catherine McNeur talks about her book Taming Manhattan: Environmental Battles in the Antebellum City. She focuses on the hog and swill milk industries of the early 19th century. Run…

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    Building the Empire State Building

    John Tauranac, author of The Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark, talked about the process of designing and building the skyscraper in New York City. Actual construction took just 14…

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    Margaret Sanger and the Birth Control Movement

    Panelists talked about 20th century birth control advocate Margaret Sanger and her legacy. Topics included the impact of race, social class, and politics on the birth control movement.

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    Orthopedic Medicine in Civil War New York

    Dr. David B. Levine, author, historian and orthopedic surgeon emeritus at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, talked about medical care during the Civil War era, when battlefield…

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    Golden Age of Baseball in New York

    Sportswriter Allen Barra talked about his book, Mickey and Willie: Mantle and Mays, the Parallel Lives of Baseball’s Golden Age, in which he chronicles the baseball careers of Mickey Mantle…

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    Postmortem Photography and Memorializing the 19th Century

    Dr. Stanley Burns talked about the practice of 19th century post-mortem photography and the prevalence of this mourning practice. He presented a large collection of post-mortem photos,…

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    The Measure of Manhattan

    Marguerite Holloway talked about her book, The Measure of Manhattan: The Tumultuous Career and Surprising Legacy of John Randel Jr. Cartographer, Surveyor, Inventor, in which she recounts…

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    History and Future of The New York Times

    Daniel Schwarz talked about his book, Endtimes?: Crises and Turmoil at the New York Times, 1999-2009. In his book, Mr. Schwarz explores the inner workings of The Times during a pivotal decade, providing an…

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    Financial Booms and Busts in American History

    A panel of economic historians looked at the impact of boom and bust periods in U.S. financial history, with a focus on the banking industry in New York City. The panelists also commented…

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    Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    Steven Weisman moderated a discussion about former Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY). Mr. Weisman is the editor of the book Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Portrait in Letters of an American…

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    Fatal Journey

    Peter Mancall talked about his book Fatal Journey: The Final Expedition of Henry Hudson (Basic Books, 2009). In his book he recounts the expeditions of explorer Henry Hudson (1565-1611). Mr. Mancall focuses on Hudson’s…

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    The Power Broker

    Robert Caro talked about his book The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York, published by Vintage. This biography of Robert Moses won a Pulitzer Prize in 1974. He talked about how he came…

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    Legacy of Robert Moses

    Forty years after the reign of city planner Robert Moses, key city players described urbanism in the 21st century and set out their vision for the future. Topics included regional planning, open space initiatives,…

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    Roosevelt the Explorer

    Mr. Jeffers discussed his book Roosevelt the Explorer: Theodore Roosevelt’s Amazing Adventures As a Naturalist, Conservationist, and Explorer, published by Rowman and Littlefield. It’s an…

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    Life and Work of Daniel Patrick Moynihan

    Panelists examined Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s prolific career as a senator, ambassador, scholar and author. Moynihan served as a Democratic senator from New York from 1977-2001. He died in…

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