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  • Influence of Christianity on Americas Founders
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    Influence of Christianity on America's Founders

    Mark David Hall, politics professor at George Fox University and author of “Did America Have a Christian Founding?,” and Andrew Seidel, constitutional attorney and author of “The Founding Myth,”…

  • Fort Meigs
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    Fort Meigs

    Fort Meigs is the largest wooden, walled Fort in North America. Interim Director Ashley Phlipot explained that General William Henry Harrison ordered the Fort built during the War of 1812 to help fight back…

  • Battle of Fallen Timbers
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    Battle of Fallen Timbers

    The Battle of Fallen Timbers was the final battle of the Indian War in the Northwest. Shannon Hughes, director of programming at Metroparks Toledo, explained that this battle led to the signing of the Treaty of…

  • Revolutionary War Era Clothing and Tailors
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    Revolutionary War Era Clothing and Tailors

    Scholar and curator Katherine Egner Gruber used images to describe the significance of tailors in 18th century Alexandria, Virginia. Examining the account book of tailor William Carlin, who was active between 1763 and…

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    Thus Fell Tecumseh

    In his book, Thus Fell Tecumseh, author Frank Kuron explored the myths surrounding the death of the Shawnee leader and his legacy in Ohio. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles (LCVs) made a stop in their…

  • Boston and the Road to Revolution 17701775
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    Boston and the Road to Revolution, 1770-1775

    Historian, park ranger, and author Phillip Greenwalt gave an illustrated talk on Boston’s role in the origins of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Greenwalt organized his talk around three pivotal events: the…

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    George Mason

    Author William Hyland recalled the life and influence of founding father George Mason.

  • emThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burrem
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    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel on…

  • New Research on Alexander Hamilton
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    New Research on Alexander Hamilton

    Historian Michael Newton talked about his book, Discovering Hamilton: New Discoveries in the Lives of Alexander Hamilton, His Family, Friends, and Colleagues, From Various Archives Around…

  • Alexander Hamiltons Military Career
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    Alexander Hamilton's Military Career

    Historian Damien Cregeau talked about Alexander Hamilton’s military career and his relationship with George Washington. The Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey -- the site of Washington’s 1780…

  • Revisiting Early America
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    Revisiting Early America

    This conversation was from a series on revisionist history, exploring what that term means and how it influences understanding of the past. Historians focused on early America and addressed…

  • 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…

  • Life After the Declaration of Independence
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    Life After the Declaration of Independence

    Historians discussed the lives of loyalists, Native Americans and African Americans in the aftermath of the July 4, 1776 Declaration of Independence. This discussion was part of a…

  • 400th Anniversary of Virginia General Assembly Part 1
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    400th Anniversary of Virginia General Assembly, Part 1

    Officials gathered for a commemoration marking the 400th anniversary of the first meeting of the Virginia General Assembly in the summer of 1619. This is part one of a three-part ceremony.

  • Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren
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    Abigail Adams and Mercy Otis Warren

    This November is the 275th anniversary of Abigail Adams' birth. Her biographer Edith Gelles talked about the social and political relationship between Adams and her friend, the poet and…

  • 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…

  • American Military in the Revolutionary War
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    American Military in the Revolutionary War

    Baylor University Professor Julie Anne Sweet taught a class on the American military during the Revolutionary War, including a look at the equipment and capabilities of both the Continental…

  • Colonial America Before the Revolution
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    Colonial America Before the Revolution

    Professor James Broussard taught a class on the lead-up to the American Revolution. He described actions by the British government, such as the Stamp Act and stationing British troops…

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    Invading Mexico

    Joseph Wheelan explores the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The author chronicles President James Polk’s desire to acquire California via war and the popular dissent that followed the start of the war…

  • California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism
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    California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism

    Professor Ashley Riley Sousa talked about Native Americans and capitalism in early 19th century California. She focused on local tribes' commercial interactions with Spanish missions and…

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