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  • John F Kennedy and Womens Rights
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    John F. Kennedy and Women's Rights

    Alan Price, director of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston, talked about the Kennedy Administration’s efforts on women’s rights. He explained that women’s rights were a part…

  • Jacqueline Kennedy and Mona Lisa
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    Jacqueline Kennedy and Mona Lisa

    Margaret Leslie Davis discussed first lady Jacqueline Kennedy’s political and diplomatic coup in bringing the Mona Lisa to the United States despite opposition on both sides of the Atlantic. Leonardo da…

  • Dwight D Eisenhower as a Leader
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    Dwight D. Eisenhower as a Leader

    Louis Galambos, editor of The Papers of Dwight David Eisenhower, talked about the evolution of Ike’s leadership style from a West Point cadet to president of the United States. The Kansas…

  • Mark Adams on Truman Bomb Decision Artifacts
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    Mark Adams on Truman Bomb Decision Artifacts

    Education director Mark Adams showed items in the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum collection that tell the story of President Truman’s decision to use atomic bombs, including…

  • Lou Hoovers 1921 Cross Country Road Trip
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    Lou Hoover's 1921 Cross Country Road Trip

    Archivist Craig Wright talked about a fall 1921 road trip that future first lady Lou Hoover took with her newly widowed father -- traveling from California to Washington, D.C., long before…

  • Presidential Retreats
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    Presidential Retreats

    This program looked at presidential retreats, with a focus on Abraham Lincoln’s summer cottage, Herbert Hoover’s Shenandoah mountains fishing camp, and stories about the Kennedys, Clintons, and…

  • The Contenders Ross Perot 1992 and 1996
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    Ross Perot, Presidential Contender

    Douglas Brinkley and Carolyn Barta talked about independent presidential candidate H. Ross Perot (b. 1930). Professor Barta participated from her home in Dallas as they talked about his campaigns and…

  • Remembering George Washington
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    Remembering George Washington

    Matthew Costello talked about his new book, The Property of the Nation: George Washington’s Tomb, Mount Vernon, and the Memory of the First President. He discussed the ways that Americans…

  • The Contenders George McGovern 1972
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    George McGovern, Presidential Contender

    Authors Scott Farris and Jules Witcover talked about 1972 Democratic presidential nominee and anti-Vietnam war candidate Senator George S. McGovern (b. 1922) and responded to telephone calls and…

  • The Contenders George Wallace 1968
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    George Wallace, Presidential Contender

    Dan Carter and Joe Reed talked about the life and career of George C. Wallace, Jr. (1919-1998) and responded to telephone calls and electronic communications from in front of the Alabama Governor’s Mansion. Peggy…

  • The Contenders Hubert Humphrey 1968
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    Hubert Humphrey, Presidential Contender

    Juan Williams and Mick Caouette talked about the life and career of 1968 Democratic presidential nominee Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978). They responded to telephone calls and electronic…

  • The Contenders Barry Goldwater 1964
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    Barry Goldwater, Presidential Contender

    Rick Perlstein, Bill McCune, and Darcy Olsen talked about the life and career of 1964 Republican presidential nominee Barry M. Goldwater (1909-1998). They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications and to questions from members of…

  • The Contenders Adlai E Stevenson II 1952 and 1956
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    Adlai E. Stevenson II, Presidential Contender

    Historian Richard Norton Smith, former Senator Adlai Stevenson III, and Newton Minow, who had worked for him, talked about the life and career of 1952 and 1956 Democratic presidential nominee Adlai E.…

  • The Contenders Thomas E Dewey 1944 and 1948
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    Thomas E. Dewey, Presidential Contender

    Richard Norton Smith and Thomas E. Dewey, III, talked about the life and career of 1944 and 1948 Republican presidential nominee Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971). They responded to telephone calls and electronic…

  • Ronald Reagan Conservatives and the Cold War
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    Ronald Reagan, Conservatives, and the Cold War

    University of Central Arkansas historian Marcus Witcher explored conservatives' criticism of President Reagan’s foreign policy toward the Soviet Union during the 1980s. He also explained how…

  • Portraying Abraham Lincoln
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    Portraying Abraham Lincoln

    This was a conversation about portraying Abraham Lincoln on the stage. Ford’s Theatre director Paul Tetreault talked with playwright Richard Hellesen who wrote Necessary Sacrifices -- a Ford’s…

  • President Carter 1980 Acceptance Speech
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    President Carter 1980 Acceptance Speech

    President Jimmy Carter (D) accepted his party’s presidential nomination for a second term at the 1980 Democratic National Convention in New York City. In his speech, President Carter called the ideas of his…

  • 1980 Presidential Acceptance Speech
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    1980 Presidential Acceptance Speech

    Ronald Reagan accepted his party’s presidential nomination at the 1980 Republican National Convention in Detroit, Michigan. The former California Governor called on Americans to “recapture our…

  • Gerald Ford Accepts the 1976 Republican Presidential Nomination
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    President Ford 1976 Acceptance Speech

    President Gerald Ford accepted the nomination to be the 1976 Republican candidate for president at the Republican National Convention held in Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri.…

  • Carter 1976 Acceptance Speech
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    Carter 1976 Acceptance Speech

    At the 1976 Democratic National Convention, Governor Carter delivered his acceptance speech as the Democratic presidential nominee.

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