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    Slavery, Jesuits, and Georgetown University

    Professor Adam Rothman talked about the Jesuits, a male Roman Catholic religious order, and their history during the 18th and 19th centuries as slave owners in Maryland and the Washington,…

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    National Park Service Centennial Discussion

    To mark the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, the National Archives hosted a screening of the film Places of Healing and Expression: National Parks in the Next Century,…

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    First Ladies' Support for the Military Community

    First lady Michelle Obama and her predecessor Laura Bush talked about their support for U.S. servicemembers, veterans, and their families. They spoke about their shared experiences raising…

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    First Ladies During Wartime

    Historians examined the contributions of American first ladies during the nation’s wars. Speakers included William Seale, author of The President’s House and other books; history professor…

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    Japanese Surrender in 1945

    Courtesy of the National Archives, this United Newsreel depicts Japan’s involvement in World War II and scenes from Victory over Japan (VJ) day.

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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act Records

    Damani Davis talked about petitions filed by owners and slaves under the District of Columbia Emancipation Act. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in April 1862, the act freed enslaved…

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    Civil and Human Rights

    Scholars and activists talked about civil and human rights. It was the first in a series of conversations around the nation on rights and justice hosted by the National Archvies. “Civil Rights: Then and Now,” was…

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    Wings for this Man

    This 1945 film was produced by the U.S. Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit and is about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first unit of African-American pilots in the U.S. military formed…

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    Former President Jimmy Carter on Civil Rights

    Former President Jimmy Carter talked about civil and human rights with Derreck Kayongo, a former Ugandan war refugee. This was part of the first “National Conversation on Civil Rights and Individual…

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    Organized Crime in the South in the 1950s

    Professor Tammy Ingram talked about her book, The Wickedest City in America: Sex, Race, and Organized Crime in the Jim Crow South. In her book, she looks at the Senate Special Committee to…

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    Equal Rights Amendment

    The National Archives hosts a panel of scholars and historians discussing the Equal Rights Amendment. Introduced in 1923, the constitutional amendment wasn’t passed by Congress until 1972,…

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    On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860-2004

    Mr. Schoen talks about his book On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860-2004, published by Regan Books. He discussed the images and memorabilia that have defined…

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    Abraham Lincoln and the Jewish Community

    Rabbi Gary Zola talks about his book, We Called Him Rabbi Abraham: Lincoln and American Jewry, A Documentary History. Rabbi Zola spoke about President Lincoln’s relationship with prominent Jews and the…

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    1946 Mass Lynching in Monroe, Georgia

    Anthony Pitch talked about his book, The Last Lynching: How a Gruesome Mass Murder Rocked a Small Georgia Town. He spoke about the 1946 mass lynching of four African Americans in Monroe,…

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    John Quincy Adams

    James Traub talked about his book John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit, in which he remembers the life of America’s sixth president. The son of Founding Father and President John Adams, John…

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    General Pershing and the Battle of Meuse-Argonne

    Mitchell Yockelson talked about his book, Forty-Seven Days: How Pershing’s Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I. Mr. Yockelson focused on General “Black Jack”…

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    Bill of Rights Creation and Ratification

    Historians and authors talked about the state of the new nation after the U.S. constitution’s ratification and the debate over adding a Bill of Rights. They also spoke about how Congress…

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    Presidential Elections in the Twentieth Century

    Professor Margaret O’Mara talked about her book, Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections That Shaped the Twentieth Century. She spoke about the elections of Teddy Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Woodrow…

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    Finance in Political Campaigns

    Panelists talked about the history of campaign finance. They spoke about court decisions and legislation that have regulated who can finance campaigns and how much they can give, and…

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    Demise of Slavery

    Ira Berlin talked about his book The Long Emancipation: The Demise of Slavery in the United States. In his book, Professor Berlin argues that the slaves' struggle for freedom was a long and…

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