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  • 20th Century West and Federal Government
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    20th Century West and Federal Government

    Patricia Limerick spoke to educators about westward expansion and the closing of the American West in the 20th century. She talked about how the West has been portrayed as both pastoral and…

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  • Native American History
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    Native American History

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about Native American history from the Colonial era through westward expansion. He spoke about how tribes operated as separate nations, both in their…

    1,768 views
  • People Germs and Food in the Colonial Americas
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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

    935 views
  • Award Ceremony for emHamiltonem
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    Award Ceremony for Hamilton

    Lin-Manuel Miranda was presented with a Special Achievement Award from the board of the George Washington Book Prize. Mr. Miranda is the playwright, lyricist, composer, and star of the Broadway musical…

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  • Discussion on John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution
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    John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution, Part 2

    Joseph Ellis talked about the early years of the Revolutionary War through the letters of John and Abigail Adams. This was the second of a two part lecture.

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  • Discussion on John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution
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    John and Abigail Adams During the American Revolution, Part 1

    Joseph Ellis talked about the early years of the Revolutionary War through the letters of John and Abigail Adams. This was the first of a two part lecture.

    1,392 views
  • Wartime Press
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    Wartime Press

    Panelists talked about the evolution of the American wartime press from the Civil War to the present. They spoke about the relationship between the press and the executive branch, and the…

    273 views
  • Abusing Lincolns Legacy
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    Abusing Lincoln's Legacy

    Panelists talked about the use, and abuse, of Lincoln’s legacy in today’s Washington. This event was co-sponsored by Ford’s Theatre and was part of the “Understanding Lincoln” online course…

    680 views
  • emAlexander Hamiltonem
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    Alexander Hamilton

    Ron Chernow spoke about his biography, Alexander Hamilton, published by Penguin Press. Mr. Chernow examined the remarkable life and career of the Founding Father, and the chief author of…

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  • Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery
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    Lincoln and the Crisis of Slavery

    Scholars participated in a panel discussion on the crisis of slavery leading up to and during President Lincoln’s administration and its impact on his presidency. Sean Wilentz spoke on “Abraham Lincoln and Jacksonian Democracy,” Manisha…

    859 views
  • Presidential Power in Wartime
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    Presidential Power in Wartime

    A discussion was held on the expansion of executive power during a time of war. President Lincoln’s successors have raised much more controversy than he did as they have sought to expand presidential…

    768 views
  • emMartin Van Burenem
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    Martin Van Buren

    Ted Widmer talked about his book Martin Van Buren, which is part of The American Presidents series published by Times Books. Mr. Widmer talked about Van Buren’s presidency, his reaction to the…

    636 views
  • Lincoln in His Time and Ours
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    Lincoln in His Time and Ours

    “Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium” was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University to…

    327 views
  • The Enduring Lincoln
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    The Enduring Lincoln

    “Lincoln in His Time and Ours: A Public Symposium” was held by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and the American Studies Program and History Department of Columbia University to observe the…

    236 views
  • emAfrican American National Biographyem
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    African American National Biography

    Editors-in-chief Henry Louis Gates and Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham talked about African American National Biography. The collection, written by 1,000 scholars, includes the biographies of over 4,000 African…

    314 views
  • emA Slave No Moreem
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    A Slave No More

    David Blight was interviewed on stage by James Basker about his book, A Slave No More: Two Men Who Escaped to Freedom, Including Their Own Narratives of Emancipation, published by Harcourt.…

    606 views
  • emJournals 19522000em
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    Journals: 1952-2000

    A panel of former friends and colleagues of the historian Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., remembered the public historian as teacher, mentor, and friend. They discussed his book Journals: 1952-2000, published that day by…

    147 views
  • emInhuman Bondageem
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    Inhuman Bondage

    David Brion Davis talked about his book Inhuman Bondage: The Rise and Fall of Slavery in the New World, published by Oxford University Press. The book includes a history of slave revolts…

    1,348 views
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute Lecture
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    Gilder Lehrman Institute Lecture

    Mr. Wills discussed his upcoming book Negro President, scheduled to be published in November 2003. It is about the role played by slavery in the election and presidency of Thomas Jefferson. Jefferson…

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  • Frederick Douglass Book Prize Dinner
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    Frederick Douglass Book Prize Dinner

    Officials of the Gilder Lehrman Institute presented the Frederick Douglass Book Prize for the best book of the year on the history of slavery. This year’s winner, David Blight, is the…

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