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    Fall of the Japanese Empire

    Richard Frank, author of Downfall: The End of the Imperial Japanese Empire, spoke about the events leading up to Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II. He talked about American and…

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    American Propaganda and World War II

    Jake Ersland spoke about the use of posters and other propaganda by the U.S. government during World War II. He spoke about the tactics used to recruit citizens to enlist in the military,…

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    Discussion on President Ford and the Nixon Pardon

    John Robert Greene talked about why President Ford pardoned Richard Nixon, and considered the existence of a deal between the two men. Professor Greene spoke about the days leading up to the…

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    Intelligence and Espionage During World War I

    Mark Stout talked about the history of espionage during World War I. He focused on four American agencies that participated in spying: the Navy Department, the War Department, the State…

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    Truman's Decision to Use the Atomic Bomb

    Panelists debated whether the use of the atomic bomb was morally sound, necessary to end the war, or the first shot of the Cold War. With thousands of combatants and civilians dying each month,…

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    Truman's Atomic Energy Legacy

    Panelists talked about the implications of post World War II atomic energy usage and the efforts made by the Truman administration to make nuclear energy available for civilian usage. This…

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    Professor Henry Adams on Abigail Adams

    Henry Adams, professor of American Art at Case Western Reserve University and descendant of John Adams, talked about the life, correspondence, and marriage of Abigail and John Adams, as…

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    Life and Career of Chester A. Arthur

    Zachary Karabell examined Chester Alan Arthur, who was propelled into the presidency by the assassination of James Garfield and turned his back on the patronage system that had nurtured him. Mr. Karabell argued that in…

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    John Tyler: The Accidental President

    A look at the life of President John Tyler. Tyler was the first Vice President to become President after the death of an incumbent - in this case, William Henry Harrison. Historian Edward Crapol looks…

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    Presidents at War

    A panel discussion was held on presidents as commanders-in chief by looking at the nature of modern U.S. military engagements and foreign policy, learning from key conflicts over the past 60 years, and gaining…

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    Selling the Korean War

    Steven Casey talked about his book Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 (Oxford University Press, 2008). In his book about how the Truman and…

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    Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony

    General David Petraeus gave the keynote address at the Korean War Veterans Appreciation Ceremony recognizing the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War on June 25, 1950. Korean Consul General Chul…