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  • Abraham Lincoln John Quincy Adams and Slavery
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    Abraham Lincoln, John Quincy Adams, and Slavery

    Fred Kaplan outlined how the sixth president of the United States, John Quincy Adams, and the 16th president, Abraham Lincoln, confronted the political dilemmas of slavery from colonization…

  • emKillers of the Flower Moonem
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    Killers of the Flower Moon

    David Grann talked about his book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, in which he recalls the murders of members of the Osage Indian nation in the 1920s.…

  • Late 19th Century Violence in the Ozarks
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    Late 19th Century Violence in the Ozarks

    Larry Wood, author of Ozarks Gunfights and Other Notorious Incidents, shared the area’s violent history. He talked about feuding groups and infamous criminals from Wild Bill Hickok to…

  • emMapp v Ohioem
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    Mapp v. Ohio

    Professor Carolyn Long talked about her book, Mapp v. Ohio: Guarding Against Unreasonable Searches and Seizures, in which she discusses the Supreme Court decision Mapp v. Ohio, in which the…

  • David Nichols Discusses emIke and McCarthyem
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    Ike and McCarthy

    David Nichols talked about his book Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower’s Secret Campaign against Joseph McCarthy, in which he recalls the contentious relationship between President Dwight…

  • US Military in China
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    U.S. Military in China

    Military historian Geoff Babb talked about the U.S. military’s relationship with China, beginning in the late 18th century and through the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

  • Hate Speech and Censorship in America
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    Hate Speech and Censorship in America

    Alison Kibler talked about the history of hate speech and censorship in America. She spoke about images of Irish Americans and African Americans used in popular culture as well as the…

  • Washington Crossing the Delaware
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    Washington Crossing the Delaware

    Harry Laver talked about George Washington’s 1776 Christmas Day crossing of the Delaware River to surprise and ultimately defeat Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton. He described the…

  • 1955 Emmett Till Murder Case
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    1955 Emmett Till Murder Case

    Devery Anderson talked about his book, Emmett Till: The Murder That Shocked the World and Propelled the Civil Rights Movement. He spoke with Kansas City Public Library director Crosby…

  • 1945 Potsdam Conference
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    1945 Potsdam Conference

    Michael Neiberg talked about his book, Potsdam: The End of World War II and the Remaking of Europe. In his book, he chronicles the 1945 meeting of Harry Truman, Winston Churchill, and Joseph…

  • Apache Wars
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    Apache Wars

    Paul Andrew Hutton talked about the prolonged conflict in the late nineteenth century between the Apaches and the U.S. government. He described the southwest as a volatile mix of…

  • Denvers 19th Century Great Healer
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    Denver's 19th Century "Great Healer"

    David Wetzel talked about his book, The Vanishing Messiah: The Life and Resurrections of Francis Schlatter. In his book, Mr. Wetzel describes the mysteries surrounding the 19th century…

  • 1976 Republican National Convention Discussion
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    1976 Republican National Convention Discussion

    Panelists talked about the 1976 Republican National Convention in Kansas City, Missouri, the last contested Republican convention. President Gerald Ford and former California Governor…

  • Discussion on Barry Goldwater the Conservationist
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    Discussion on Barry Goldwater the Conservationist

    Brian Allen Drake talked about the life of political conservative Barry Goldwater, his commitment to the conservation movement, and how this commitment evolved over time.

  • Discussion on the 1952 Presidential Election
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    1952 Presidential Election

    John Robert Greene talked about the 1952 presidential election between Dwight D. Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson, as well as the introduction and impact of television political ads.

  • emIndependence The Struggle to Set America Freeem
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    Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free

    John Ferling talked about his book Independence: The Struggle to Set America Free, in which he presents a history of the American declaration of independence from Britain in July 1776. The…

  • Eisenhower and the Frontier
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    Eisenhower and the Frontier

    Timothy Rives talked about President Eisenhower’s belief that social welfare programs could fill the void created by the closing of the American frontier, which limited opportunities for…

  • emShadow Workem
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    Shadow Work

    Craig Lambert talked about his book, Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day, about the work the public does for free that was once done by paid, entry-level workers, including pumping gas,…

  • emCusters Trialsem
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    Custer's Trials

    T.J. Stiles talked about his book Custer’s Trials: A Life on the Frontier of a New America, in which he recalls the life of General George Armstrong Custer.

  • Einsatzgruppen Trial
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    Einsatzgruppen Trial

    Mark Hull gave an illustrated talk about the subsequent Nuremberg trials, focusing on the Einsatzgruppen trial. Beginning in September 1947, this eight-month proceeding tried 24 commanders…

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