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  • Josiah Henson  Inspiration for Uncle Tom
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    Josiah Henson - Inspiration for "Uncle Tom"

    Author Edna Troiano talked about former slave, abolitionist and minister Josiah Henson who was one of the inspirations for the title character in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Ms.…

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  • Mark Twain and Civil War Memory
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    Mark Twain and Civil War Memory

    University of Virginia Professor Stephen Cushman described how the Civil War affected the life of Mark Twain. He analyzed some of Twain’s writings to look at how the author interpreted the…

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  • Intellectual Movement in San Luis Obispo County
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    Intellectual Movement in San Luis Obispo County

    “Beat Generation” writer Jack Kerouac lived in San Luis Obispo in 1953, working as a brakeman for the railroad. His time spent in this Central Coast community is highlighted in the exhibit, “Going Against the…

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  • QA with Monica Norton
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    Q&A with Monica Norton

    Monica Norton, Washington Post deputy local editor, talked about James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk and the impact the book had on her as a teenager.

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  • Discussion on James Baldwins emIf Beale Street Could Talkem
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    Discussion on James Baldwin's If Beale Street Could Talk

    Actress Ebony Obsidian, Princeton University Professor Imani Perry, and novelist Jacqueline Woodson talked about the importance of James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk.

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  • emDemon Campem and emThe Dark Netem
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    Demon Camp and The Dark Net

    Jennifer Percy, author of Demon Camp: The Strange and Terrible Saga of a Soldier’s Return from War, and Benjamin Percy, author of The Dark Net, talked about writing prose.

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  • Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum
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    Slave Haven Underground Railroad Museum

    During the 19th century, Memphis was a hub for slave trading due to its location on the Mississippi River. While the river was used to ship slaves into the city, it was also used to help them escape to the…

    126 views
  • emWriter Sailor Soldier Spyem
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    Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy

    Military expert Nicholas Reynolds talked about his book, Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy, on the life of author Ernest Hemingway and his involvement in the World War II. C-SPAN’s Local Content Vehicles…

    406 views
  • Agnes Scott College Commencement Address
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    Agnes Scott College Commencement Address

    Author Kurt Vonnegut delivered the commencement address at Agnes Scott College. He talked about the complexities of modern day society and interpersonal relationships.

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  • District of Columbia Emancipation Act Records
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    District of Columbia Emancipation Act Records

    Damani Davis talked about petitions filed by owners and slaves under the District of Columbia Emancipation Act. Signed into law by President Abraham Lincoln in April 1862, the act freed enslaved…

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  • Enlightenment Era in America
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    Enlightenment Era in America

    Professor Andrew Burstein talked about the Enlightenment era in America and the ideas that shaped the politics and morals of the Revolutionary generation. He spoke about Benjamin Franklin’s…

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  • Discussion on Espionage and the Manhattan Project
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    Espionage and the Manhattan Project

    Robert S. Norris talked about George Koval, an American citizen who spied for the Soviet Union for almost ten years and supplied them with information about the atomic bomb. James Schoke and Ben Bederson, veterans…

    1,475 views
  • James Madison and the Constitution
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    James Madison and the Constitution

    Jack Rakove talked about James Madison’s role in the creation of the Constitution. He also spoke about James Madison’s arguments in the Federalist papers he co-published with Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.…

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  • Panel Discussion on Thomas Paine
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    Panel Discussion on Thomas Paine

    Chris Hedges, Cornel West, and Richard Wolff talked about the importance of Thomas Paine and his most influential works: Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason. This event…

    2,349 views
  • emBreaking Chainsem
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    Breaking Chains

    R. Gregory Nokes talked about his book, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory, in which he looks at the only slavery case ever adjudicated in Oregon courts. Missouri slaves Robin and…

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  • James Baldwin Conference Keynote Address
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    James Baldwin Conference Keynote Address

    Author bell hooks discussed the work and impact of James Baldwin at a symposium celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Baldwin’s Go Tell It on the Mountain. During her…

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  • Abraham Lincolns War Policies
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    Abraham Lincoln's War Policies

    Brooks Simpson talked about President Abraham Lincoln’s views on suppressing dissent during wartime and the reasons for the president’s support of the Emancipation Proclamation. Professor…

    718 views
  • 150th Anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act
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    150th Anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act

    Scholar and Author Harold Holzer talked about the 150th anniversary of the Compensated Emancipation Act which freed enslaved individuals in Washington D.C. Topics included the purpose of the…

    2,279 views
  • emThe New Deal A Modern Historyem
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    The New Deal: A Modern History

    Michael Hiltzik presented a history of the New Deal. The author examined the origins of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s plans to confront the nation’s economic depression and the president’s…

    1,151 views
  • Writings of Ernest Hemingway
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    Writings of Ernest Hemingway

    From Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West, Florida, the guests talked about his life and writings, and how the history of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized in his novels and short stories, with…

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