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  • Culture of the Antebellum Congress
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    Culture of the Antebellum Congress

    Professor Thomas Balcerski talked about the culture of Congress in the Antebellum Era. He described how members of Congress in the early 1800s bonded across party lines through tobacco use,…

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  • Life and Career of Shirley Chisholm
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    Life and Career of Shirley Chisholm

    Former Congresswoman Chisholm talked about her career as a politician, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, and a fighter for civil rights. She was a candidate for the Democratic…

    2,186 views
  • American Artifacts History of Women in Congress
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    Women in Congress, Part 2

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and Curator Farar Elliott presented artifacts and photographs related to and talked about the history of women in the U.S. House of…

    424 views
  • Discussion on Women in Congress
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    Women in Congress, Part 1

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and Curator Farar Elliott presented artifacts and photographs related to and talked about the history of women in the U.S. House of…

    602 views
  • emBurning Down the Houseem
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    Burning Down the House

    Princeton University History Professor Julian Zelizer explored the political ascendancy of former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and argued that his congressional leadership was the beginning…

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  • African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 20th Century

    Matthew Wasniewski and Farar Elliott used a selection of artifacts from their collections to tell the story of black members of congress between the 1920s and the 1970s. This program draws…

    877 views
  • African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century
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    African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and House curator Farar Elliott discussed the history of African Americans who served in Congress during the late 19th century.

    1,352 views
  • emKing of the Cats  The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell Jrem
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    King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

    Wil Haygood talked about the paperback reissue of his book King of the Cats: The Life and Times of Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., first published in 1993 by Houghton Mifflin Company. In the book, Mr.…

    921 views
  • Congress Political Parties and Polarization
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    Congress, Political Parties and Polarization

    The National Constitution Center in Philadelphia hosted a discussion on Congress, political parties, and polarization from the time of America’s founding through the Civil War to today.…

    556 views
  • Jefferson and the Federalists in Washington DC
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    Jefferson and the Federalists in Washington, D.C.

    U.S. Capitol Historical Society Chief Historian William “Chuck” diGiacomantonio discussed the tumultuous interactions between Democratic-Republican President Thomas Jefferson and Federalist…

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  • Removal of Former Speakers Portraits Who Served in Confederacy
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    Removal of Former Speakers' Portraits Who Served in Confederacy

    Portraits of former House speakers who served in the Confederacy were removed from display in the U.S. Capitol at the request of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

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  • emCongress at Warem
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    Congress at War

    Historian Fergus Bordewich argued that Congress, led by the Republican Party, played a vital role in the Union’s victory in the Civil War.

    806 views
  • Brendan and Timothy McNulty Recall Life and Career of Late Representative Jack Brooks
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    The Meanest Man in Congress

    Brendan and Timothy McNulty talked about their book, The Meanest Man in Congress: Jack Brooks and the Making of an American Century, in which they recalled the life and work of the late…

    772 views
  • Drinking in the Antebellum Congress
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    Drinking in the Antebellum Congress

    Professor Thomas Balcerski talked about the prevalence of drinking in both the political and social life of congressional representatives before the Civil War. This interview was recorded…

    359 views
  • emFrom Inclusion to Influenceem
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    From Inclusion to Influence

    In his book, From Inclusion to Influence: Latino Representation in Congress and Latino Political Incorporation, author Walter Wilson explored the efforts of Latinos in Congress and the importance of Latino…

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  • Constitutional Role of Congress
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    Constitutional Role of Congress

    The House Select Modernization of Congress Committee held a hearing to discuss Congress' constitutional role as a co-equal branch of government. During the hearing, a panel of experts…

    759 views
  • Senator Mitch McConnell Discusses Kentuckys Role in the US Senate
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    The U.S. Senate and the Commonwealth

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Roy Brownell talked bout their book, The U.S. Senate and the Commonwealth: Kentucky Lawmakers and the Evolution of Legislative Leadership,…

    806 views
  • Life and Career of Peter Rodino
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    Life and Career of Peter Rodino

    Rep. Rodino talked about his life and political career. Topics included the U.S. Constitution, his Italian background, his retirement after 40 years in Congress, and his feelings about…

    273 views
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    Robert H. Michel

    Frank Mackaman and Sean Kelly recalled the congressional tenure of the late Representative Robert Michel (R-IL), the longest-serving Republican leader of the House of Representatives.

    188 views
  • Role of Congress in National Security
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    Role of Congress in National Security

    Congressional representatives who previously served in the executive branch discussed the role of Congress in national security and foreign affairs. Representatives Will Hurd (R-TX), Elissa…

    333 views
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