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  • 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…

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    Our Heritage

    Our Heritage is a 1966 episode from the U.S. Army’s “Big Picture” series marking the July 4th holiday by telling the story of the Declaration of Independence. Hosted by Emmy and Peabody…

    396 views
  • Museum of the American Revolution
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    Museum of the American Revolution

    Staff from the new Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia showcased exhibits and artifacts and responded to viewer comments and questions. The museum opened in April 2017.

    656 views
  • 1790 Congressional Debate on Slavery and Race
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    1790 Congressional Debate on Slavery and Race

    History professor Paul Polgar talks about the federal Congress' first national debate on slavery and race held in 1790. Professor Polgar argues that this discussion; which focused on…

    714 views
  • Arch Street Meeting House
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    Arch Street Meeting House

    Lynne Calamia gave a tour of the Arch Street Friends Meeting House in Philadelphia. It has been a location of religious worship since 1696, and the land for the meeting house was deeded by…

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  • After Words with Senator Mike Lee
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    After Words with Senator Mike Lee

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) talked about his book Written Out of History: The Forgotten Founders Who Fought Big Government, in which he recalls the work of forgotten early American figures who…

    1,174 views
  • Museum of the American Revolution Archaeology
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    Museum of the American Revolution Archaeology

    Rebecca Yamin and Scott Stephenson showed a selection of artifacts discovered during the construction of the new museum in Philadelphia. The objects were excavated from a former privy pit…

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  • Ideals of the Founding Fathers
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    Ideals of the Founding Fathers

    David McCullough talked about how the founders, particularly John Adams, valued education, viewed slavery, and persevered in the face of hardship. Mr. McCullough then spoke about how these…

    1,330 views
  • Presidency of Andrew Jackson
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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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    Jefferson

    Professor John Boles talked about his book Jefferson: Architect of American Liberty, in which he recalls the life of Founding Father Thomas Jefferson, from his formative years in Virginia…

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  • Preserving Lafayettes Carriage
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    Preserving Lafayette's Carriage

    Conservator Brian Howard talked about the preservation of a nearly 200-year-old carriage used by the Marquis de Lafayette. President James Monroe invited the Marquis de Lafayette to return from…

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  • Slavery Martha Washington and Dolley Madison
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    Slavery, Martha Washington, and Dolley Madison

    Marie Jenkins Schwartz talked about her book, Ties That Bound: Founding First Ladies and Slaves. She focused on how founding mothers Martha Washington and Dolley Madison viewed slavery and…

    358 views
  • Eugene Pioneer History
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    Eugene Pioneer History

    Bob Hart and Faith Kreskey showed items from the Lane County Historical Museum’s pioneer collection. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their “2017 LCV Cities Tour” in…

    208 views
  • Hanging of Isaac Hayne During the American Revolution
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    Hanging of Isaac Hayne During the American Revolution

    C. L. Bragg talked about his book, Martyr of the American Revolution: The Execution of Isaac Hayne, South Carolinian. In this illustrated talk, Mr. Bragg spoke about the details and consequences…

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  • William Trent House
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    William Trent House

    Samantha Luft explained the William Trent House’s nearly 300 year history. The William Trent House is the oldest house in Trenton. William Trent, a wealthy merchant from Philadelphia, built the house in…

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  • Old Barracks Museum
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    Old Barracks Museum

    Lauren Ronaghan gave a tour of the Old Barracks and explained the lives of the British, Hessian, and American soldiers who once lived there. The Old Barracks are the oldest remaining military barracks in New…

    280 views
  • Panel Discussion on Westward Expansion
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    Panel Discussion on Westward Expansion

    William Hogeland, author of Autumn of the Black Snake: The Creation of the U.S. Army and the Invasion That Opened the West, and Peter Cozzens, author of The Earth is Weeping: The Epic Story of…

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  • 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…

    334 views
  • Declaration of Independence Collection
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    Declaration of Independence Collection

    David Whitesell showed highlights of the Declaration of Independence Collection at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia. Real estate developer and…

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    Dodge City

    Tom Clavin talked about his book Dodge City: Wyatt Earp, Bat Masterson, and the Wickedest Town in the American West, in which he provides a history of Dodge City, Kansas, once considered one of…

    1,064 views
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