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    Theodore Roosevelt' s Life in the West

    Mr. Klemetsrud presented a portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt as a young man during his time as a rancher in North Dakota.

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    Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour

    As part of the Harlem Book Fair a walking tour took place in the heart of Harlem, with many stops relating to writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. People…

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    Harriet Beecher Stowe Portrayal

    Ms. Turnquist, introduced by Ms. Sanderson, portrayed the author Harriet Beecher Stowe. She talked about her life and the influences behind her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Participants talked about Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and its portrayal of African-American and women’s culture. Among the topics they addressed were the…

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    Zora Neale Hurston Hometown Tour

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured author Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Florida and talked to residents about the town and her experiences there.

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    Emerson and Thoreau Collections

    Ms. Wilson described the collections of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau materials held by the library. Emerson was the keynote speaker at the dedication of the library.

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    Historical Scholarship Through Fiction

    Authors Beverly Lowry, Harriet Tubman: Imagining A Life; Lawrence Hill, Someone Knows My Name: A Novel; and Lorene Cary, The Price of a Child: A Novel analyzed slavery through fictional writing…

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    Thoreau and Slavery

    Actor Richard Smith, portraying Henry David Thoreau, read Thoreau’s "Slavery in Massachusetts". He then talked about the role of slavery in Thoreau’s lifetime. Thoreau was an abolitionist…

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    Ayn Rand and Communism

    From the Harmony Gold Theater the panelists discussed the topic, “Ayn Rand, Communism and the Hollywood Blacklist.”

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    Hemingway: The Final Years

    Michael Reynolds talked about Hemingway’s life from the release of For Whom the Bell Tolls on the eve of the Second World War until his suicide in 1961, describing Hemingway’s bouts with depression,…

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    William F. Buckley, Jr. Interview

    In an excerpt from the American Writers program, “Writings of Kirk and Buckley,” William F. Buckley, Jr. was interviewed at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. He talked about the history of…

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    Elizabeth Cady Stanton Portrayal

    Elizabeth Cady Stanton, portrayed by Ms. Stearns, talked about her role as a pioneer in the women’s rights movement. She was one of the organizers of the first women’s rights convention in…

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    Class Discussion of The Fire Next Time

    At the high school where James Baldwin attended, a class of students discusses Baldwin and his book The Fire Next Time.

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    James Baldwin Speech

    In this 1979 speech, James Baldwin talked about being a black writer, about the civil rights movement, and other topics.

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    Steinbeck and the Great Depression

    Professor Dickstein talked about John Steinbeck’s view of labor issues, the Great Depression, and how his characters represented various characteristics of oppressed workers. Following his…

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    Steinbeck's Cannery Row

    Mr. Hemp talked about Cannery Row in Monterey, John Steinbeck’s novels, and Steinbeck’s treatment of labor issues during the Great Depression.

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    The Grapes of Wrath and Migrant Workers

    At a forum titled “The Grapes of Wrath and Today’s Migrant Farm Workers,” participants explored John Steinbeck’s influence and reflected on the past and current lives of Latino-Americans in…

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    Memories of James Baldwin

    Mr. Stein was a close friend of James Baldwin and talked about his experiences. They both attended DeWitt Clinton High School.

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    An Evening with Langston Hughes

    At a symposium honoring the life and work of Langston Hughes, Mr. Glover read from several of Hughes' works and talked about his experiences. The event also featured the unveiling of a…

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    Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

    In a session of the Langston Hughes Centennial Symposium, panelists described the Harlem Renaissance writers, primarily Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. They focused on the political…

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