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  • 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…

  • Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy
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    Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy

    Gettysburg College Professor Timothy Shannon taught a class on Colonial-era diplomatic ties between the Iroquois Confederacy of the eastern Great Lakes region and European settlers. He…

  • War of 1812 Hero Stephen Decaturs Duel
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    War of 1812 Hero Stephen Decatur's Duel

    U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Sean Buck talked about the life and career of Stephen Decatur, a War of 1812 hero later killed in a duel with disgraced fellow naval officer James Barron. Two…

  • Washington Journal Craig Shirley Discusses His New Book  News of the Day
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    Craig Shirley Discusses Mary Ball Washington

    Author Craig Shirley discussed his new book Mary Ball Washington: The Untold Story of George Washington’s Mother.

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    Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

    Brian Kilmeade talked about his book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History, in which he provided a history of the United States' war for…

  • emThe Price of Libertyem
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    The Price of Liberty

    In 1822, the American Colonization Society, along with the U.S. government, established a colony in West Africa as a location to relocate African Americans. In his book, The Price of Liberty, Claude Clegg…

  • Preamble of the Declaration of Independence
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    Preamble of the Declaration of Independence

    Clemson University Professor C. Bradley Thompson taught a class about the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. Examining it line by line, he talked about the “self-evident” truths…

  • National History Day  Story of Harriet Ann Jacobs
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    National History Day - "Story of Harriet Ann Jacobs"

    Cathy Gorn described the National History Day contest held at the University of Maryland, College Park. Then, three middle school students presented their entry in the competition, a 10-minute performance titled,…

  • QA with Holly Jackson
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    Q&A with Holly Jackson

    University of Massachusetts Professor Holly Jackson discussed her book American Radicals, on the people, inspired by the Founding Fathers, who worked to spread freedom and equality in the…

  • 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,…

  • 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…

  • 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

    William Hyland talked about his book, George Mason: The Founding Father Who Gave Us the Bill of Rights.

  • 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…

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    The Witches

    Stacy Schiff talked about her book The Witches: Suspicion, Betrayal, and Hysteria in 1692 Salem, in which she recalls the Salem Witch Trials. She spoke on the History and Biography Stage at…

  • emThus Fell Tecumsehem
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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…

  • 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…

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