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    Book Discussion on War of Two

    John Sedgwick talked about his book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation, in which he examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice…

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    Civil Rights Activist Dorothy Ferebee

    Judge Diane Kiesel talked about the life and accomplishments of civil rights activist Dorothy Ferebee. As an obstetrician and gynecologist at Howard University Hospital in Washington, D.C., Ms.…

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    Book Discussion on The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams

    Phyllis Lee Levin talked about her book, The Remarkable Education of John Quincy Adams, about the formative years of America’s sixth president. In her book, the author examines the beginnings of…

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    Adams Family Correspondence

    Panelists talked about the correspondence between John and Abigail Adams and their son John Quincy Adams and his wife, Louisa. This panel took place at an event marking John and Abigail…

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    Marriage of John and Abigail Adams

    Edith Gelles talked about the 54-year marriage between John and Abigail Adams. She said the couple’s letters are evidence of their strong and successful partnership. This program took place…

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    Smallpox Inoculation in 18th Century New England

    Professor Andrew Wehrman talked about smallpox in Revolutionary era America and the campaign to inoculate colonists, which was promoted by political leaders like John Adams. Adams, his wife…

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    Book Discussion on Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution

    Historian Woody Holton talked about his book Unruly Americans and the Origins of the Constitution, published by Hill and Wang. He contends that the Constitution was drafted by a group of…

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    Book Discussion on Abigail Adams

    Woody Holton talked about his biography Abigail Adams (Free Press; November 3, 2009). Mr. Holton focused on the first lady’s writings and reported that she championed the education of women…

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    Book Discussion on My Dearest Friend: Letters of Abigail and John Adams

    John and Abigail Adams kept a written correspondence throughout their relationship that contained a commentary on the political landscape of the newly formed country. My Dearest Friend: Letters…

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    Book Discussion on Reading Obama: Dreams, Hope, and the American Political Tradition

    James Kloppenberg, chair of the history department at Harvard University, explores the philosophical, political, and historical studies of President Barack Obama. Mr. Kloppenberg examines how President…

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    Remembering Charles Sumner

    A program was given to highlight the efforts and achievements of U.S. Senator Charles Sumner during the bicentennial year of his birth and the sesquicentennial of the Civil War. He was a prominent…

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    Book Discussion on His Excellency: George Washington

    Professor Ellis talks about his book His Excellency: George Washington, published by Knopf. The author explains Washington’s position on several issues, including expansion and slavery.…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Religion

    Scholars spoke about the various books and ideas that shaped the religious theology and philosophy of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. They focused on how various works by religious leaders, Enlightenment philosophers,…

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    Jefferson, Adams and Their Legacy

    Panelists talked about John Adams and Thomas Jefferson’s friendship, legacies, and libraries. They also spoke about the social climate of the Founding Fathers. Following their prepared remarks, they answered…

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    Book Discussion on The National Parks: America's Best Idea

    Ken Burns talked about next film, The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, which would premier on PBS in the fall of 2009. He discussed the people, ideas, circumstances, and events that led…

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    The Place of the Past in American Life

    David Glassberg spoke about the historical significance of the battle at Lexington and Concord on April 19, 1775, that opened the Revolutionary War. Professor Glassberg’s research concerns the history of popular…

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    Book Discussion on John Adams: Party of One

    James Grant talked about his book John Adams: Party of One, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. He described John Adams as an independent-minded president. The book recounted his feuds…

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    Book Discussion on The Education of Henry Adams

    Edward Chalfant and Conrad Wright talked about the book they co-edited, The Education of Henry Adams: A Centennial Version, published by the Massachusetts Historical Society. In 1907 Henry…

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    U.S-France Relations from an Historical Perspective

    At the Harvard Club, David McCullough spoke about the relationship between the United States and France from a cultural and historical perspective. He discussed the effect of the French on…

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    Book Discussion on A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution

    Carol Berkin discussed her book A Brilliant Solution: Inventing the American Constitution, published by Harcourt. The book relates the story of the summer of 1787, when a group of men came…

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