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    Lincoln and the American Founding

    Historian Lucas Morel argued that Abraham Lincoln was greatly influenced by his reading of documents and papers of the Founding Fathers. This program was part of the Lincoln Forum’s annual…

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    The Blind African Slave

    Historian Kari Winter recounted the life of Jeffrey Brace, an enslaved man who won his freedom through his service during the Revolutionary War. Jeffrey Brace initially published his…

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    Historian Walter Isaacson and Ford Foundation President Darren Walker

    Historian Walter Isaacson talked about his biography of Benjamin Franklin and the Ken Burns documentary on Franklin for which he was a senior advisor. Mr. Isaacson was in discussion with…

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    Our First Civil War

    Historian H.W. Brands explored the conflicts between colonists during the American Revolution. This virtual program was part of the 2021 Miami Book Fair.

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    Q&A with Michael Meyer, Benjamin Franklin's Last Bet

    University of Pittsburgh Professor Michael Meyer talked about his book, “Benjamin Franklin’s Last Bet: The Favorite Founder’s Divisive Death, Enduring Afterlife, and Blueprint for American…

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    Learning from the Founding Fathers

    Historian and bestselling author Joseph Ellis looked at how the Founding Fathers can provide wisdom for navigating today’s society. The U.S. Capitol Historical Society hosted this online…

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    State Constitutions and Founding Documents

    The Museum of the American Revolution hosted a discussion between exhibitions curator Matthew Skic and author James Hrdlicka about the museum’s special exhibition “Flags and Founding Documents,…

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    Lafayette, Napoleon and the French Revolution

    Mark Schneider, who has portrayed both the Marquis de Lafayette and Napoleon, talked about these two men and the connection between the French Revolution and the American Revolution. The…

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    The Words That Made Us

    Yale University Law and Political Science Professor Akhil Reed Amar recounted the biggest questions and concerns that American citizens had regarding the Constitution after it was ratified.…

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    1777 Battle of Brandywine

    Michael Harris discussed the 1777 Battle of Brandywine and misconceptions surrounding General John Sullivan’s role in the battle. The title of his book is, Brandywine: A Military History of…

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    1776 Battle of Trenton Myths

    National Park Service historian Mark Maloy talked about several myths surrounding the 1776 Battle of Trenton, including whether or not the Hessians, German mercenary soldiers, were really drunk…

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    African Americans in the Continental Army

    Author John Rees talked about the experiences of African American Continental Soldiers. The Office of Historic Alexandria, in partnership with Emerging Revolutionary War, hosted a symposium…

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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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    Thomas Paine and Revolutionary History

    The panelists talked about Thomas Paine and his role in the Revolutionary War. They focused on Paine’s role as author, solider and founding father. Following their prepared remarks they…

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    Benjamin Franklin

    Edmund Morgan talked about his biography Benjamin Franklin, published by Yale University Press. Mr. Morgan explored the various contradictions in Franklin’s personality and the role he…

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    Birth of the Nation and Creating the Bill of Rights

    Charlene Bickford and Ken Bowling talked about their books Birth of the Nation: The First Federal Congress, 1789-1791, published by Madison House Publishers and Creating the Bill of Rights:…

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    National Constitution Center

    “Washington Journal” was telecast from Signers' Hall in the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Signers' Hall features life-size bronze statues of 42 men: the 39 delegates…

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    Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin

    David Waldstreicher talked about his book Runaway America: Benjamin Franklin, Slavery, and the American Revolution, published by Hill and Wang. In the book he re-examined Benjamin Franklin,…

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    Alexander Hamilton: A Life

    Willard Sterne Randall discussed his biography Alexander Hamilton: A Life, published by HarperCollins. Mr. Randall describes Hamilton’s role in the Revolutionary War, and his influence in…

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    James Madison's Thinking

    Jack Rakove reviewed James Madison’s political career and how his thinking and philosophies developed over time. He also talked about the role of James Madison on the creation of the constitution and the compromises involved.…

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