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  • Terry Alford on emFortunes Foolem
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    Fortune's Fool

    Terry Alford talked about his book Fortune’s Fool: The Life of John Wilkes Booth, in which he recalls the life of John Wilkes Booth, from his childhood in Maryland to his acting career and…

  • Mark Twain and His Virginia Roots
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    Mark Twain and His Virginia Roots

    Author Alan Pell Crawford talked about American literary icon Mark Twain and his ties to the state of Virginia. Crawford also discussed Twain’s finances as they are the subject of his…

  • Confederate General Stonewall Jacksons War Horse
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    Confederate General Stonewall Jackson's War Horse

    Sharon B. Smith talked about Confederate General Stonewall Jackson’s favorite war horse. She is the author of Stonewall Jackson’s Little Sorrel: An Unlikely Hero of the Civil War.

  • Discussion on the Legacy of emLoving v Virginiaem
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    Legacy of Loving v. Virginia

    Professor Peter Wallenstein talked about the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia on the status of inter-racial marriage. Professor Wallenstein is the author of…

  • Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander
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    Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander

    Gary Gallagher talked about the wartime experience of Confederate General Edward Porter Alexander, who early in the Civil War served on the staff of Robert E. Lee and other top generals before becoming…

  • Ku Klux Klan Costumes and Terrorism
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    Ku Klux Klan Costumes and Terrorism

    Professor Elaine Frantz Parsons showed examples and talked about 19th century and early 20th century Ku Klux Klan (KKK) costumes. She argued that KKK costumes changed according to region…

  • 1922 Airship Roma Disaster
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    1922 Airship Roma Disaster

    Nancy Sheppard talked about the crash of the airship Roma in 1922. It was the deadliest disaster of U.S. hydrogen airship in American history. She introduced the ill-fated crew of the airship and…

  • Thomas Jeffersons Reputation
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    Thomas Jefferson's Reputation

    Author Robert McDonald talked about Thomas Jefferson as a polarizing figure, and described how Jefferson’s actions and writings led him to be both revered by his contemporaries and…

  • Rise and Fall of the Railroad Industry
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    Rise and Fall of the Railroad Industry

    Rush Loving Jr. talked about the rise and fall of the railroad industry and shared anecdotes from his experience covering American railroads since the 1960s. He is the author of The…

  • Nat Turners 1831 Slave Revolt
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    Nat Turner's 1831 Slave Revolt

    Professor Patrick Breen talked about Nat Turner’s life, and the 1831 slave rebellion he led, and compared the historical record to portrayals in literature and film. He also described the…

  • Land Use During Reconstruction
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    Land Use During Reconstruction

    Professor Adam Dean talks about plans and proposals for land use and redistribution in the South and West during Reconstruction. He argued that a northern agrarian ideal was imposed on both…

  • emThe Cherokee Diasporaem
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    The Cherokee Diaspora

    Historian and author Gregory Smithers discusses his book, The Cherokee Diaspora: An Indigenous History of Migration, Resettlement, and Identity. In his book, Mr. Smithers, an Australian…

  • African American Cemeteries
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    African American Cemeteries

    Lynn Rainville talked about African-American cemeteries. She recalled her experiences finding and documenting cemeteries that were often neglected and had few archival records regarding the…

  • Life and Legacy of Arthur Ashe
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    Life and Legacy of Arthur Ashe

    Professor Eric Allen Hall spoke about professional tennis player Arthur Ashe’s personal life, career, and involvement in the Civil Rights movement in both the United States and South…

  • John Coski on emThe Confederate Battle Flagem
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    The Confederate Battle Flag

    John Coski talked about his book The Confederate Battle Flag: America’s Most Embattled Emblem, published by Belknap Press. In his book the author chronicled the history of the flag and the…

  • Surratt Family of Maryland
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    Surratt Family of Maryland

    Author David O. Stewart talked about the group that plotted the assassination of President Lincoln and the Washington, D.C. boarding house where it was planned. Though John Wilkes Booth…

  • emFrom Marshall to Moussaouiem
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    From Marshall to Moussaoui

    John Peters talked about his book, From Marshall to Moussaoui: Federal Justice in the Eastern District of Virginia. He spoke about the role of Chief Justice John Marshall, the court’s role…

  • Discussion on Thomas Jefferson in France
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    Thomas Jefferson in France

    James Thompson talked about Thomas Jefferson’s political philosophy and how his time in Paris in 1784 affected his way of thinking. Mr. Thompson spoke about the five years when Thomas Jefferson…

  • Discussion on Thomas Jefferson and Religious Freedom in the US
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    Establishment of Religious Freedom in U.S.

    Thomas Buckley talked about the establishment of religious freedom in the U.S. Mr. Buckley focused on Virginia’s statute on religious freedom, authored by Thomas Jefferson, and its role in bringing…

  • Bacons Rebellion Part 2
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    Bacon's Rebellion, Part 2

    Historian Robert Dunkerly talked about the effects of Nathaniel Bacon’s violent uprising against the British Colonial Governor in Virginia. In the second part of this two-part class, he spoke…

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