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  • US Capitol Historical Society Presents Freedom Award to LinManuel Miranda
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    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Presents Freedom Award to Lin-Manuel Miranda

    The U.S. Capitol Historical Society presented its 2017 Freedom Award to playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda for his work on the musical “Hamilton.” Mr. Miranda spoke at the ceremony in the…

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  • Library of Congress Manuscript Division
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    Library of Congress Manuscript Division

    Library of Congress curator Jeff Flannery discusses the history of the Manuscript Division. The Library of Congress Manuscript Division was founded in 1897 and is home to over 60 million items…

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  • American Folklife Center Collections
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    American Folklife Center Collections

    Stephen Winick spoke about the audio collections as well as other materials available at the Library of Congress’s American Folklife Center. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this…

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  • Library of Congress Jefferson Building
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    Library of Congress Jefferson Building

    Docent Tom Hoban talked about the Library of Congress Jefferson Building, including the designers, construction, and decoration throughout its halls. This was part of U.S. Capitol Historical…

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  • 1790 Congressional Debate on Slavery and Race
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    1790 Congressional Debate on Slavery and Race

    History professor Paul Polgar talks about the federal Congress' first national debate on slavery and race held in 1790. Professor Polgar argues that this discussion; which focused on…

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  • 14th Amendment Enforcement and US Military
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    14th Amendment Enforcement and U.S. Military

    Professor Michael Vorenberg spoke about the 14th Amendment and efforts by Congress to use the U.S. military to enforce civil rights for African Americans during the post-Civil War…

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  • Reconstruction and Civil Rights
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    Reconstruction and Civil Rights

    Eric Foner talked about the challenges of establishing civil rights for freedmen in the Reconstruction period and beyond. This talk was part of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s annual…

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  • Horatio Batemans Recontruction Engraving
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    Horatio Bateman's "Recontruction" Engraving

    Professor Brook Thomas talked about the imagery and context of Horatio Bateman’s 1867 engraving called “Reconstruction.” The highly detailed work is a utopian allegory of how federal…

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  • 150th Anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee
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    150th Anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee

    To mark the 150th anniversary of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senate Historian Betty Koed reflected on the committee’s history. Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT), the…

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  • Images of President Lincoln in the US Capitol
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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
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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
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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 DC
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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
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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 DC in the Gilded Age
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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 Nations Founding
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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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  • US Capitol Historical Society Freedom Award
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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
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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
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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
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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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