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    Peter Baker talked about his book Obama: The Call of History, in which he examines the Obama presidency.

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    Integration of U.S. Capitol Page Program

    Frank Mitchell, the first African-American congressional page in the 20th century, talked about his experiences working on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Representative Paul Findley (R-IL),…

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    Life and Political Career of Abner Mikva

    Abner Mikva talked about his service in all three branches of the federal government and his experiences in state government. After serving ten years in the Illinois House of…

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    A Wicked War

    Amy Greenberg, history and women’s studies professor at Penn State University, talked about her book, A Wicked War: Polk, Clay, Lincoln, and the 1846 U.S. Invasion of Mexico, in which she…

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    Lincoln in the World

    Kevin Peraino, former senior writer and Middle East bureau chief for Newsweek, talked about his book, Lincoln in the World: The Making of a Statesman and the Dawn of American Power, in which he examines…

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    The Fall of the House of Dixie

    Bruce Levine, history professor at the University of Illinois, talked about the effect the Civil War had on the South’s political, economic, and social structures. Professor Levine spoke at…

  • ReTrial of Mary Surratt
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    Re-Trial of Mary Surratt

    The April 1865 plot to assassinate President Lincoln was planned in part at a boarding house owned and operated by Mary Surratt. She was tried by a military tribunal where she was not given…

  • emMy Thoughts Be Bloodyem
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    My Thoughts Be Bloody

    Nora Titone recounts John Wilkes Booth’s family background and specifically examines the relationship between John and his older brother, Edwin Booth. Born to British actor, Junius Brutus Booth, the…

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    A Tale of Two Revolts

    Rajmohan Gandhi talked about two wars for freedom - the 1857 Mutiny in India and the American Civil War -that were covered by Irish reporter William Howard Russell. Professor Gandhi talked about the…

  • President Lincolns First Inaugural Address
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    President Lincoln's First Inaugural Address

    On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s first presidential inauguration on March 4, 1861, David Zarefsky talked about the origin, structure, and language of the inaugural address that the new president…

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    An Example for All the Land

    Kate Masur presents a history of Washington, D.C., during Reconstruction. Ms. Masur recounts the city’s many organizations and public works that represented racial equality and the…

  • Reflections of Dan Rostenkowski
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    Reflections of Dan Rostenkowski

    Richard Norton Smith interviewed former Representative Dan Rostenkowski about his life and career. Rep. Rostenkowski served as the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1981-95. He related stories…

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    1909 Cherry Mine Disaster

    A panel discussion was held to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Cherry mine disaster in which 259 men and boys died. The coal mine in Cherry, Illinois, caught fire on November 13, 1909.…

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    Lincoln's Men: The President and His Private Secretaries

    Daniel Mark Epstein recounted the lives of President Lincoln’s secretaries and first biographers, John Nicolay, John Hay, and William Stoddard. Mr. Nicolay and Mr. Hay were able to write about the personal…

  • Scholarship on Abraham Lincoln Presidency
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    Scholarship on Abraham Lincoln Presidency

    Eric Foner talked about his career studying President Lincoln. He spoke on the early history of the Republican party, the direction of the scholarly work on President Lincoln, and reviewed…

  • Collecting Lincoln Memorabilia
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    Collecting Lincoln Memorabilia

    Historians and collectors participated in a panel discussion on Lincoln memorabilia. Topics included how the panelists became collectors, how pieces connect to Lincoln and his era,…

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    Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power

    Richard Carwardine talked about his book Lincoln: A Life of Purpose and Power, published by Knopf in January 2006. This is a new edition of Lincoln, first published in England in 2003, which won the Lincoln…

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    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum

    The day before the official dedication of the museum portion of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Springfield, Illinois, museum officials talked about the museum and…

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Tour
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    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Tour

    This is an edited version of a longer live program. This edition does not include footage of the winners of the Lincoln essay contest for students, nor call-in portions of the original three-hour…

  • Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Dedication
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    Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum Dedication

    President Bush spoke at the official ceremony to dedicate the new Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum and Library in Springfield, Illinois. Many other officials also spoke about the legacy…

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