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  • Historian Harlow Giles Unger Discusses Life of Benjamin Rush
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    Dr. Benjamin Rush

    Historian Harlow Giles Unger recalled the life of Dr. Benjamin Rush, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, who espoused equal rights for women, the abolition of slavery, and free…

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    Joseph Kelly, literature professor at the College of Charleston, provided a history of the Jamestown colony.

  • US Army Womens Museum Reopening Ceremony
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    U.S. Army Women's Museum Reopening Ceremony

    This ceremony commemorated the reopening of the U.S. Army Women’s Museum in Fort Lee, Virginia.  Visitors there find the stories of women who have served their country since the…

  • 1770 Boston Massacre Reconsidered
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    1770 Boston Massacre Reconsidered

    University of Utah history professor Eric Hinderaker revisited the events of the Boston Massacre and attempted to determine what really happened on March 5, 1770. He is the author of…

  • Salem Witch Trials and the Great Awakening
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    Salem Witch Trials and the Great Awakening

    Baylor University professor Thomas Kidd taught a class on the first Great Awakening in the Americas, a period in mid-18th century of Christian revitalization that swept through the…

  • George Washington and Alexander Hamilton
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    George Washington and Alexander Hamilton

    Historian Peter Henriques talked about the relationship between George Washington and Alexander Hamilton. He discussed why their collaboration was an important factor in founding the nation,…

  • New England Puritans and Native Americans
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    New England Puritans and Native Americans

    In 1620, Pilgrims arrived at Plymouth, Massachusetts, and established the first European colony in New England. Historians discussed how Puritans and Native Americans are memorialized at…

  • Salem Witch Trials Legal Documents Project
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    Salem Witch Trials Legal Documents Project

    Historian Margo Burns discussed primary sources from the Salem Witch Trials compiled in a book project titled Records of the Salem Witch-Hunt. Twelve people worked for ten years to complete the…

  • Memorializing Salem
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    Memorializing Salem

    Kenneth Foote talked about memorializing sites such as Salem, Massachusetts. His book on the subject is titled Shadowed Ground: America’s Landscapes of Violence and Tragedy. 2017 marked the…

  • Salems Witch City Notoriety
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    Salem's "Witch City" Notoriety

    Historians, writers, and professors talked about the history behind how Salem, Massachusetts, became known as the “Witch City.” The panelists discussed whether the commercialization of Salem through…

  • 1776 Pennsylvania Constitution
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    1776 Pennsylvania Constitution

    Professor John Fea talked about the people and ideas that shaped the Pennsylvania Constitution, written in 1776. Thomas Paine’s pamphlet Common Sense was published the same year the Pennsylvania…

  • Founders and the US Supreme Court
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    Founders and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit discussed the history and evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained how justices decided…

  • QA with Joanne Freeman
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    Q&A with Joanne Freeman

    Yale University historian Joanne Freeman talked about The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. In her book she describes 70 violent incidents, meaning incidents…

  • Revolutionary War Soldier Deborah Sampson
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    Revolutionary War Soldier Deborah Sampson

    Former New York Times journalist and independent researcher Alison Leigh Cowan told the story of Deborah Sampson, a Massachusetts woman who disguised herself as a man to fight in the Revolutionary War. Ms.…

  • American Enlightenment Before the Revolution
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    American Enlightenment Before the Revolution

    U.S. Military Academy history professor Robert McDonald talked about the major events and figures of the American Enlightenment, the period leading up to the American Revolution. His talk was…

  • Jonathan Barth Discusses Andrew Jackson Presidency
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    Presidency of Andrew Jackson

    Arizona State University professor Jonathan Barth talked about the rise of Andrew Jackson and his presidency. He focused on Jackson’s clashes with Whig party members such as Henry Clay and Daniel…

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    Apostles of Revolution

    Historian John Ferling recalled the joint efforts of Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Paine, and James Monroe to sow social and political upheaval throughout colonial America as well as their…

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    The Secret Token

    Andrew Lawler explored what happened to 115 British settlers who disappeared from the so-called “Lost Colony of Roanoke” in 1587.

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    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…

  • BurrHamilton Duel and the Society of the Cincinnati
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    Burr-Hamilton Duel and the Society of the Cincinnati

    Historian, author, and South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati member C.L. Bragg discussed how members of the society reacted to the deadly Burr-Hamilton duel at the time and how the event…

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