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  • emPatrick Henryem
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    Patrick Henry

    Jon Kukla talked about his book Patrick Henry: Champion of Liberty, in which he recounts the life of Patrick Henry, a champion of American independence from Britain, who is most commonly remembered for his…

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  • 1673 French Exploration of the Mississippi River
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    1673 French Exploration of the Mississippi River

    Professor Laura Chmielewski talked about the 1673 French expedition led by Jesuit missionary Jacques Marquette and fur trapper Louis Jolliet, who became the first Europeans to explore the…

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  • Declaration of Independence Manuscript Discovery
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    Declaration of Independence Manuscript Discovery

    Danielle Allen and Emily Sneff spoke about their discovery in Sussex, England, of the second known parchment manuscript copy of the Declaration of Independence.

    238 views
  • American Revolution 1760 to 1778
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    American Revolution 1760 to 1778

    Scott Stephenson gave a tour of the Museum of the American Revolution’s core collection, featuring the story of the first half of the American Revolution, from 1760 to 1778.

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  • Puritans and Religious Freedom
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    Puritans and Religious Freedom

    Professor Kevin Gooding talked about the Puritans in early colonial America and the idea of religious freedom, in particular how the Puritans dealt with those who dissented from the group’s…

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  • Religion and the American Revolution
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    Religion and the American Revolution

    Jeffry Morrison talked about the role of religion in the American Revolution. He explored the meaning of words or phrases in the Declaration of Independence, such as references to a “Creator,” "Supreme…

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  • Discussion on Religious Pacifists and the American Revolution
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    Religious Pacifists and the American Revolution

    Professor Jared Burkholder talked about the difference between pacifist groups during the American Revolution. Professor Burkholder argued that the application of pacifist principles were far from…

    716 views
  • emUnshackling Americaem
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    Unshackling America

    Willard Sterne Randall talked about his book Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution, in which he recalls America’s efforts to become financially…

    592 views
  • 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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  • 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…

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  • 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…

    492 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…

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  • Carpenters Hall
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    Carpenters' Hall

    Roger Moss gave a tour of the building that served as the meeting place of the First Continental Congress in 1774. It was also the former home to Ben Franklin’s Library Company, the…

    643 views
  • Alexander Hamiltons Views on National Debt
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    Alexander Hamilton's Views on National Debt

    Professor Robert Wright talked about Alexander Hamilton’s views on national debt and imagined how the Founding Father would address U.S. debt in the 21st century.

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  • QA with Carl Cannon
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    Q&A with Carl Cannon

    Carl Cannon talked about his book On This Date: From the Pilgrims to Today, Discovering America One Day at a Time, in which he tells stories about events in U.S. history that happened on…

    884 views
  • emThe Counter Revolution of 1776em and emRace to Revolutionem
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    The Counter Revolution of 1776 and Race to Revolution

    Gerald Horne talked about his two books, The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America and Race to Revolution: The U.S. and Cuba during…

    2,001 views
  • Four Generations of the Adams Family
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    Four Generations of the Adams Family

    The Boston Athenaeum and Boston’s Poets' Theatre presented a staged reading program in honor of the literary legacy of four generations of the Adams family. Based on the writings of founding…

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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…

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  • Discussion on the National Constitution Center Signers Hall
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    National Constitution Center Signer's Hall

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the permanent exhibit of 42 bronze statues of America’s Founding Fathers, and talked about the Constitutional Convention of 1787.

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  • emOur Heritageem
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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…

    440 views
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