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  • emThese Truthsem
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    These Truths

    New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore talked about her one-volume history of the United States.

  • Populist Politics and Politicians in American History
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    Populist Politics and Politicians in American History

    A conservative scholar and a liberal historian explored the concept of populism and its role in the history of American politics. In an event titled, “The Promise and Perils of Populism,”…

  • Abraham Lincoln Sarah Josepha Hale and Thanksgiving
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    Abraham Lincoln, Sarah Josepha Hale, and Thanksgiving

    Author Melanie Kirkpatrick talked about the history of Thanksgiving in America, including President Lincoln’s proclamation in 1863 during the Civil War making it a national holiday. She also reflected…

  • Open Phones with Chris Stirewalt
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    Open Phones with Chris Stirewalt

    Fox News political editor Chris Stirewalt provided a history of American populism and took national viewer phone calls.

  • Impact of Infants on the 20th Century
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    Impact of Infants on the 20th Century

    Rutgers University history professor Janet Golden talked about the impact infants had on 20th century developments in medicine, social welfare and consumer culture. The Kansas City Public…

  • Inclusive Presidential History
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    Inclusive Presidential History

    The White House Historical Association convened a meeting in Washington, D.C. of those who work at presidential sites around the country -- and of descendants of presidents from James…

  • Civil War and 19th Century Westward Expansion
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    Civil War and 19th Century Westward Expansion

    Historians discussed how the Civil War and 19th century westward expansion were interrelated and together transformed the country. They described a power shift from white citizens in the West to…

  • Reconstruction Moonshine and NASCAR
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    Reconstruction, Moonshine, and NASCAR

    Tulane University professor Blake Gilpin taught a class about moonshine drivers and the origins of NASCAR. He described how after the Civil War, particularly in the South, moonshiners…

  • Coroners in the 19th Century South
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    Coroners in the 19th Century South

    Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner…

  • Honor Dueling and Slavery in the Antebellum South
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    Honor, Dueling, and Slavery in the Antebellum South

    Suffolk University professor Kenneth S. Greenberg taught a class on the role of honor and dueling in the lives of slave masters in the antebellum South. He explained what actions would have…

  • emNation Withinem
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    Nation Within

    Tom Coffman talked about his book Nation Within: The History of the American Occupation of Hawai’i (Koa Books; 2 edition, June 15, 2009). In the book he talks about how the U.S. obtained Hawaii and the resistance to annexation by…

  • emUnfamiliar Fishesem
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    Unfamiliar Fishes

    Sarah Vowell examines the Americanization of Hawaii that began with the arrival of New England missionaries in 1820. The author recounts the coup, organized by the missionaries, that…

  • emSouthern Stormem
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    Southern Storm

    Civil War historian Noah Andre Trudeau discussed the military campaign of Union General William Tecumseh Sherman and his 60,000 troops from Atlanta to Savannah, Georgia in 1864. General Sherman’s…

  • US From Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
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    U.S. From Reconstruction to the Progressive Era

    Professor Peter Kastor talked about how the United States changed from the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to the Progressive era in the early 20th century. He highlighted how the…

  • Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction
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    Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction

    University of Connecticut professor Manisha Sinha taught a class about the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. She outlined the different ways historians have interpreted this period -…

  • QA with John Ferling
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    Q&A with John Ferling

    Historian John Ferling talked about his book, Apostles of Revolution: Jefferson, Paine, Monroe, and the Struggle Against the Old Order in America and Europe.

  • emThe WPAem
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    The WPA

    Sandra Opdycke of Vassar College’s Institute for Innovation in Social Policy provided a history of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), which gave employment to 8 million Americans…

  • America First and Foreign Policy 194568
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    "America First" and Foreign Policy, 1945-68

    During the 1916 presidential election, Woodrow Wilson ran on the slogans “He Kept Us Out of War” and “America First.” In this program, a panel of historians talked about how “America First”…

  • Clare Boothe Luces Life and Career
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    Clare Boothe Luce's Life and Career

    Clare Boothe Luce Center for Conservative Women president Michelle Easton talked about the life and career of congresswoman, ambassador and author Clare Boothe Luce at an event co-hosted by…

  • emHarvey Milkem
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    Harvey Milk

    Lillian Faderman recalled the life of the late San Francisco politician Harvey Milk, one of the first openly gay elected officials in America. He was assassinated in 1977, after serving one year…

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