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    Images of President Lincoln in the U.S. Capitol

    Harold Holzer talked about the creation of and meaning behind the many paintings, sculptures, and photographs of President Lincoln now on public display in the U.S. Capitol building. In…

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    House Financial Services Committee Dinner

    Current and former members of the House Financial Services Committee attended a dinner in honor of the committee hosted by the U.S. Capitol Historical Society. The keynote speaker of the…

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    Artist Depictions of George Washington

    William diGiacomantonio talked about how artists have depicted George Washington, including famous portraits by John Trumbull, Gilbert Stuart, and Horatio Greenough.

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    Paintings of 19th Century Washington, D.C.

    Artist Peter Waddell showed his paintings of historical moments in 19th century Washington, D.C. Depictions included the White House, the U.S. Capitol, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon…

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    Comparing Approaches to Historical Narrative

    Cokie Roberts moderated a panel discussion entitled “Doing History: Comparing Approaches to the Historian’s Craft.” Participants included historical novelist Thomas Mallon, historical…

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    Washington, D.C., in the Gilded Age

    Mark Ozer talked about how Washington, D.C., changed during the Gilded Age, focusing on the expansion of the railroad system and the building of the capital city’s Union Station and the…

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    American Empire and the Nation's Founding

    Kenneth Bowling spoke about the concept of an “American Empire.” Mr. Bowling argued that the country was not simply founded on principles of republican government, but also on a deeply…

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    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award

    David McCullough received the U.S. Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award and delivered remarks. Congressional leaders paid tribute to Mr. McCullough’s achievements, including two…

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    Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin and spoke about the experiences of the Swiss founding father and immigration laws in the early American republic. Geneva native Albert Gallatin immigrated to the…

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    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

    Professor Gabriel Chin talked about whether the initial intent of the 1965 Immigration Act was to diversify America, or if it was an unintended consequence. Professor Chin argued that despite much…

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    Immigration Reform Act and Latinos

    Professor Mariela Olivares talked about the effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 on Latinos, specifically from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. She argued that this…

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    Chinese Stereotypes in the Late 19th Century

    Andrew Gyory talked about the origins of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and how popular culture helped shape negative Chinese stereotypes throughout the late 19th century. The lecture was part of a…

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    Immigration in America

    Professor Emeritus Paul Finkelman delivered the keynote address at a symposium focused on the history of immigration in America. He compares the roles of Congress, states, and the president…

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    Representative Emanuel Celler and Immigration Laws

    Rabbi Lance Sussman talked about Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY), who served in the House from 1923 to 1973. Professor Sussman detailed Celler’s career-long fight against immigration restrictions…

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    Asylum Law in the United States

    Renee Redman talked about the history of Asylum Law in the United States. She argued that prior to the Refugee Act of 1980, the application process for asylum or refugee status was based on foreign policy rather…

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    Dutch and English Influence on the Constitution

    Mau VanDuren talked about his book Many Heads and Many Hands: James Madison’s Search for a More Perfect Union, in which he argues that American constitutional values, such as freedom of…

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    History of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts talked about the history of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    Senator Blanche K. Bruce

    Speakers talked about Senator Blanche K. Bruce in honor of African-American History Month. Senator Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) was the second African-American member of the U.S. Senate and the…

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    Evolution of the Joint Committee on Taxation

    To commemorate the 90th anniversary of the Joint Committee on Taxation, tax experts discuss the evolution of the committee over the past 50 years, including the legislative process, the…

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    Images of George Washington

    Debra Hanson spoke about the various images of George Washington in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. She spoke about how the placement, style, and narrative content of the images work…

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