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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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    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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    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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    Frederick Douglass and Photography

    John Stauffer talked about the relationship between Frederick Douglass' images and his love of photography. Mr. Stauffer argued that with a count of 164 images, Frederick Douglass was the most…

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    Selma Story Universal Newsreel

    In this March 15, 1965, Universal Newsreel, President Johnson addressed a joint session of Congress to offer a voting rights bill. In Harlem, more than 15,000 people walked through the…

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    U.S. Plan to Invade Canada

    Author Kevin Lippert talked about his book, War Plan Red: The United States' Secret Plan to Invade Canada and Canada’s Secret Plan to Invade the United States, about the history of conflict…

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    Political Cartoons

    Political cartoonists David Sipress, Tom Toles, Jen Sorensen, Keith Knight, and Signe Wilkinson talked about what inspires their work, as well as how political cartoons affect politics and…

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    Private Lives and Public Images of the First Ladies

    Susan Swain led a panel discussion on how the first ladies of the United States have tried to balance their families' private lives with public expectations of the first family. Topics included changing…

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