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    Checkmate in Berlin

    Giles Milton discussed post-World War II Berlin and the conflicts that arose between the four Allied countries that controlled sectors of the city. This was a virtual event hosted by…

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    U.S. Vice President Makes World Tour

    Vice President Richard Nixon and his wife, Pat, traveled around the world in July of 1956 with stops in Hawaii, the Philippines, Taiwan, South Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, and Turkey. Highlights…

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    Ethel Rosenberg

    Ethel Rosenberg was executed by the U.S. government in June of 1953, with her husband Julius, for working to give nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. Anne…

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    Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, First Man in Space

    On April 12, 1961, cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space, securing a victory for the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War. A panel of scholars discussed the legacy of Mr.…

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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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…

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    Eisenhower as a Historical Figure

    William Pickett talked about the presidency of Dwight Eisenhower, the Korean War, and the Cold War. Following his remarks he answered questions from the audience.

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    Driving the Soviets Up the Wall

    Hope Harrison discussed her book, Driving the Soviets Up the Wall: Soviet-East German Relations, 1953-1961, published by Princeton University Press. She analyzed the relationship between…

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    In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage

    Historian John Earl Haynes discussed his book, In Denial: Historians, Communism, and Espionage, published by Encounter Books. Mr. Haynes and co-author Harvey Klehr were the first American historians to…

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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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    Army-McCarthy Hearings

    Participants spoke about the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings. They commented on various audio excerpts from the hearings and responded to viewer comments and questions. The Army-McCarthy…

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    Joseph McCarthy Transcripts

    Senators spoke to reporters about the release of previously classified transcripts of closed meetings of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations from 1953 and 1954. The…

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    Eisenhower in Review: Early Years

    Mack Teasly and Dan Holt participated in the first of a series of forums looking back at President Eisenhower’s educaton, military career and years in the White House. They talked about his…

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    Class Discussion of The Fire Next Time

    At the high school where James Baldwin attended, a class of students talked about 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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    Writings of James Baldwin

    From the library of DeWitt Clinton High School, guests examined racism in America and the rise of the civil rights movement through the life and writings of social critic James Baldwin. Dr.…

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