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  • Early 1800s Abolition and ProSlavery Movements
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    Early 1800s Abolition and Pro-Slavery Movements

    University of Alabama Professor Joshua Rothman taught a class on abolition and pro-slavery movements in the early 1800s. He highlighted the way that both sides used printing presses and…

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  • Pregnancy in the 19th Century
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    Pregnancy in the 19th Century

    Shannon Withycombe, professor at the University of New Mexico, talked about pregnancy in the 19th century. She described the experience of childbirth, which often occurred at home, and the…

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  • Benedict Arnold
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    Benedict Arnold

    Law professor and author Joyce Lee Malcolm discussed Benedict Arnold’s triumphs as an American army general in the Revolutionary War and questioned whether his legacy as a notorious…

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  • emThe Soul of Americaem
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    The Soul of America

    Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham looked at critical moments in American history and how they relate to today. He spoke at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival in California.

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  • Painting of American Loyalist James DeLancey
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    Painting of American Loyalist James DeLancey

    The Society of the Cincinnati’s deputy director and curator Emily Parsons displayed a recently acquired portrait painting of American loyalist Colonel James DeLancey in his British uniform. Ms.…

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  • US Capitol Designer William Thornton
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    U.S. Capitol Designer William Thornton

    In 1793, President George Washington selected architect William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol. In this program, former diplomat Gordon Brown talked about Thornton’s life and work,…

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  • Life and Career id Capitol Architect William Thornton
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    Life and Career id Capitol Architect William Thornton

    In 1793, President George Washington selected physician, painter and architect Dr. William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol building. In this concluding session of a Thornton symposium…

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  • Reflections on Gender in Early America
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    Reflections on Gender in Early America

    Cornell University history professor Mary Beth Norton presented a talk titled “Reflections on Gender in Anglo-America.” The lecture was based on four books she published between 1980 and 2011:…

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  • Life Legend and Legacy of Pocahontas
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    Life, Legend and Legacy of Pocahontas

    This plenary panel was part of a symposium called “Pocahontas: Her Life, Legend, and Legacy,” co-hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and American Evolution, the…

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  • 1765 Frontier Rebellion Against the British
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    1765 Frontier Rebellion Against the British

    Author Patrick Spero told the story of the “Black Boys,” 18th-century frontiersmen from Western Pennsylvania who rebelled against the British and attempted to sabotage their efforts to make…

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  • Lafayette in Washington 18241825
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    Lafayette in Washington, 1824-1825

    Between July 1824 and September 1825, Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette toured America, visiting all 24 states and the District of Columbia. Fifty years after the revolution, the…

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  • Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin
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    Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin

    Author Gregory May talked about Albert Gallatin, who served as the nation’s fourth Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814. He explored Mr. Gallatin’s early political career, his overhaul of Alexander…

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  • The American Revolution 177576
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    The American Revolution, 1775-76

    Kutztown University Professor Michael Gabriel taught a class about military engagements during the American Revolution from April 1775 to July 1776. He highlighted the Battle of Bunker…

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  • Jamestown Virginia Settlement in 1619
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    Jamestown, Virginia, Settlement in 1619

    Jamestown, Virginia, was the first English colonial settlement founded in 1607. The year 1619 marked the arrival of the first African slaves and the first General Assembly, which…

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  • National Frontier Trails Museum Library
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    National Frontier Trails Museum Library

    From the Oregon Trail, the Santa Fe Trail to the California Trail, Independence was the starting point for pioneers heading out west. Collections Manager Lindsay Burks told the story of the families looking…

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  • French and Scottish Influence on US Capitol
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    French and Scottish Influence on U.S. Capitol

    In 1793, President George Washington selected architect William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol. In this program, historian Michael Brown argued that events from the French and Scottish…

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  • Legacies of the Founders
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    Legacies of the Founders

    Pulitzer Prize-winning historians Joseph Ellis and Gordon Wood discussed the legacies of the Founding Fathers. They also explored the relationships between several of these leaders and…

    1,965 views
  • 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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  • 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…

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  • emMaroonedem
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    Marooned

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

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