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  • emThe Secret Tokenem
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    The Secret Token

    Andrew Lawler explored what happened to 115 British settlers who disappeared from the so-called “Lost Colony of Roanoke” in 1587.

  • emWar of Twoem
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    War of Two

    John Sedgwick talked about his book War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Duel that Stunned the Nation, in which he examines the rivalry between Alexander Hamilton and Vice…

  • BurrHamilton Duel and the Society of the Cincinnati
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    Burr-Hamilton Duel and the Society of the Cincinnati

    Historian, author, and South Carolina Society of the Cincinnati member C.L. Bragg discussed how members of the society reacted to the deadly Burr-Hamilton duel at the time and how the event…

  • emHamiltonem
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    Historian Tony Williams recalled the political life of Alexander Hamilton.

  • 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…

  • Declaration of Independence and Defining Equality
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    Declaration of Independence and Defining Equality

    Historians Peter Onuf, David Blight and Annette Gordon-Reed discussed defining equality and the Declaration of Independence. They talked about the views and interpretations of W.E.B. DuBois,…

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

    Author Alan Hoffman discussed General Lafayette’s “farewell tour” of America in 1824 and 1825, 50 years after the American Revolution. Mr. Hoffman’s book is an English translation of a journal written…

  • Role of Women in America 17701850
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    Role of Women in America, 1770-1850

    Historian Elisabeth Griffith examined the history of women in America from the 1770s to the 1850s, looking at their roles inside the home, occupations in the workforce, and their legal…

  • emInvading Mexicoem
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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…

  • emAmerican Phoenixem
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    American Phoenix

    Jane Hampton Cook talked about her book, American Phoenix: John Quincy and Louisa Adams, the War of 1812, and the Exile that Saved American Independence. She spoke at the 2014 Fall for the…

  • Henry Clay John C Calhoun and Daniel Webster
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    Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun, and Daniel Webster

    Author H.W. Brands discussed 19th century political figures Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun and Daniel Webster. He explained why the three statesmen were critical to American politics between…

  • Founders and the US Supreme Court
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    Founders and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit discussed the history and evolution of the U.S. Supreme Court. He explained how justices decided…

  • emFirst Founding Fatherem
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    First Founding Father

    Historian Harlow Giles Unger recounted the efforts of Richard Henry Lee in the Revolutionary War; from his call for independence from Britain in the Second Continental Congress to his…

  • Africans Native Americans and the English in 1619 Virginia
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    Africans, Native Americans, and the English in 1619 Virginia

    Historians discussed the arrival of the first African slaves to Virginia in 1619 and their encounters and cultural exchanges with Native Americans and English settlers. The John W. Kluge Center…

  • The Bible and the Founding of the American Constitutional Republic
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    The Bible and the Founding of the American Constitutional Republic

    American University public affairs professor Daniel Dreisbach talked about the Bible and the founding of the American constitutional republic. He was one of the speakers at a symposium on…

  • The Bible and the American Revolution
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    The Bible and the American Revolution

    Vanderbilt Divinity School professor James Byrd explored references to the Bible during the American Revolution. He spoke at a symposium on the Bible and its influence on the founding of…

  • emThe American Revolution and the Pressem
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    The American Revolution and the Press

    Author Carol Sue Humphries explored the importance of the press and its impact during the American Revolution in her book, The American Revolution and the Press: The Promise of Independence. C-SPAN’s…

  • Political Theory and the Early Republic
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    Political Theory and the Early Republic

    American History TV visited a Georgetown University Law Center course called “Recent Books on the Constitution,” which invites authors to answer student questions about their work. In this…

  • Benjamin Franklins Faith
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    Benjamin Franklin's Faith

    Baylor University History professor Thomas Kidd talked about Ben Franklin’s faith. He was one of the speakers at a symposium hosted by the Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C., which…

  • Alexander Hamilton and Fiscal Responsibility
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    Alexander Hamilton and Fiscal Responsibility

    Alexander Hamilton biographer and chair of the Museum of American Finance Richard Sylla discussed Hamilton’s views on the National debt and fiscal responsibility, and compared those views…

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