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  • 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”…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • emThe Class of 74em
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    The Class of '74

    John Lawrence, former chief of staff to Representative Nancy Pelosi, recalled the 1974 congressional elections, which followed the Watergate scandal, and ushered in many new office holders, dubbed the…

  • emBlood Moonem
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    Blood Moon

    John Sedgwick recounted the internal battle between Cherokee chiefs over control of the Cherokee Nation during the Trail of Tears era.

  • emGoddess of Anarchyem
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    Goddess of Anarchy

    Historian Jacqueline Jones recounted the life of writer and advocate Lucy Parsons from slavery through the Great Depression.

  • 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 -…

  • emThe Trials of Nina McCallem
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    The Trials of Nina McCall

    Scott Stern recounted a U.S. government program that was devised to quarantine women suspected of having venereal diseases or deemed “promiscuous” during the first half of the 20th century. The author…

  • emLooking for Alaskaem
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    Looking for Alaska

    Mr. Jenkins talked about his book Looking for Alaska, published by St. Martin’s Press, a personal account of the people and culture in that state. He also talked about the experiences that…

  • West Texas Agriculture
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    West Texas Agriculture

    Located in Lubbock, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture highlights the importance of the cotton industry to the state of Texas. Executive director Lacee Hoelting and board president Dan Taylor talked about how…

  • Windmills and Settlement of the West
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    Windmills and Settlement of the West

    The American Windmill Museum tells visitors about the role the windmill played in the settlement of the Western U.S. The museum and the surrounding grounds exhibit over 200 restored windmill structures.…

  • emOn to Chicagoem
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    On to Chicago

    Former Congressman James Rogan (R-CA) recalled the 1968 presidential campaign, which included nine candidates and was marked by the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy.

  • Ranching in the American West
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    Ranching in the American West

    The National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock interprets the history of ranching west of the Mississippi River. Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell gave a tour of the outdoor park which contains over…

  • emThe Last Standem
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    The Last Stand

    National Book Award winner Nathaniel Philbrick, recounts the Battle of Little Bighorn that took place at Little Bighorn River in Central Montana on June 25, 1876. The conflict between the U.S.…

  • The Weekly With Michael Cohen
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    The Weekly With Michael Cohen

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    Author and Boston Globe contributor Michael Cohen talked about the summer of 1968 and his book, American Maelstrom: The 1968 Election and the Politics of Division. This program is available…

  • Abundance Wages and the Great Depression
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    Abundance, Wages, and the Great Depression

    Southern Methodist University professor Alexis McCrossen teaches a class on the abundance of the 1920s and the Great Depression. She argues that low wages and an unequal distribution of wealth hindered…

  • Cowgirls of the American West
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    Cowgirls of the American West

    The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors women who helped shape the American West. Associate Executive Director Diana Vela talked about some of the women who led this effort, including Supreme Court…

  • Cowboy Culture in Fort Worth
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    Cowboy Culture in Fort Worth

    The Cowtown Coliseum, located in the historic Fort Worth Stockyards, is a symbol of the of the city’s western culture. Built in 1907, it has hosted presidents, world class singers, and rodeo events. Joe Hub Baker…

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