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    George Kennan and U.S. Cold War Containment Policy

    Author and journalist Evan Thomas talked about the impact and legacy of U.S. diplomat George Kennan and his “Long Telegram” with Truman Presidential Library director Kurt Graham. On February 22, 1946, U.S.…

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    1864 Presidential Election

    Christopher Newport University Professor Jonathan White taught a class about the 1864 presidential election pitting incumbent Abraham Lincoln against his former top general, Democrat George…

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    Authors Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty

    University of Mary Washington English Professor Gary Richards discussed the lives and literary impacts of Southern authors Zora Neale Hurston and Eudora Welty. This video, which is from a “Great…

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    Abraham Lincoln's Legend

    In this program from the 2009 bicentennial year of Abraham Lincoln’s birth, Philip Kunhardt III talked about “the story of the story” -- how the slain president’s legend took shape from the…

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    The U.S. Overseas Information Program

    This film produced at the height of the Cold War shows examples of Soviet anti-American propaganda, and outlines U.S. efforts to promote American values around the globe using radio, print,…

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    The Last American Aristocrat

    Historian David S. Brown recounted the life of early 20th century American writer and intellectual Henry Adams. This program was part of the virtual 2021 Tucson Festival of Books.

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    Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin Friendship

    Philipp Ziesche, associate editor at Yale University’s Papers of Benjamin Franklin project, talked about the friendship between Franklin and Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello…

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    Outdoors in the Garden State

    This U.S. Interior Department film shows young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps doing infrastructure and maintenance work in New Jersey state parks. The conservation work was part of…

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    Emergency Conservation Work in Great Smoky Mountains National Park

    This Interior Department film highlights infrastructure and conservation work by young men during the Great Depression and promotes the Roosevelt administration’s Civilian Conservation…

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    Manhattan Project Construction Worker CJ Mitchell

    CJ Mitchell recounted his time as a construction worker in Hanford, Washington, beginning in the late 1940s. The site was used for atomic weapons production in World War II and during the Cold War. In…

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    Hobos and the Great Depression

    During the Great Depression, almost one-quarter of the United States' working population was unemployed. This gave rise to an increasing number of migrant workers, commonly referred to as…

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    William Faulkner and Civil War Memory

    Author and Smith College English Professor Michael Gorra discussed his book, The Saddest Words: William Faulkner’s Civil War. The book examines how the legacies of the Civil War and the South’s…

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    Nearer My God

    William Buckley talked about his book, Nearer My God: An Autobiography of Faith. The book is Mr. Buckley’s thirty-eighth book and reviews his experiences with religion in his lifetime and…

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    Buckley: The Right Word

    William F. Buckley Jr. and his longtime editor spoke about his new book, Buckley: The Right Word. Mr. Buckley said the book is a collection of correspondence between his friends, critics,…

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    Happy Days Were Here Again

    Author and commentator William F. Buckley, Jr. talked about his compendium titled Happy Days Were Here Again, published by Random House. The book was a collection of more than 120 articles…

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    Lead-Up to 1783 Treaty of Paris

    University of New Hampshire Professor Eliga Gould delivered an address called “Making Peace in Britain, Ireland, and America: 1778 to 1783.” He described the efforts of several peace…

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    Ernest Hemingway

    Judy Slack, author of Ernest Hemingway: His 1928 Stay in the Bighorn Mountains of Wyoming, talked about Hemingway’s time out west. It was there where he hoped to finish A Farewell to Arms. C-SPAN’s…

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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

    “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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    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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