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  • Landscape Preservation and National Parks
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    Landscape Preservation and National Parks

    Professor Laura Watt talked about the evolution of a national park system and the effort to preserve pristine wilderness. She argued that this approach often obscures the ways humans have…

  • California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism
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    California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism

    Professor Ashley Riley Sousa talked about Native Americans and capitalism in early 19th century California. She focused on local tribes' commercial interactions with Spanish missions and…

  • Civil War Memory
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    Civil War Memory

    Professor Gary Gallagher talked about Civil War memory and how people in the North and South have interpreted the legacy of the conflict from the post-war era to the present day.

  • Ludlow Coal Miners Strike and Massacre
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    Ludlow Coal Miners' Strike and Massacre

    Professor Fawn-Amber Montoya talked about the Ludlow coal miners' strike and massacre that took place in the early 20th century in Colorado. She follows the story of a few mining families,…

  • Origins of Environmental Consumerism
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    Origins of Environmental Consumerism

    Professor Andrew Isenberg talked about the rise of the environmental movement in the 1970s and how it impacted consumer and production practices. He described the Keep America Beautiful…

  • Why Hip Hop Began in the Bronx
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    Why Hip Hop Began in the Bronx

    Professor Mark Naison talked about the history of hip hop and why it originated in the Bronx. He describes how the new percussive music of the early 1970s was spread through outdoor…

  • 1973 Film emSoylent Greenem and the Environmental Movement
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    1973 Film Soylent Green and the Environmental Movement

    Professor Emilie Raymond talked about the 1973 film Soylent Green and how it reflected the contemporary environmental movement and fears about overpopulation.

  • TwentiethCentury White Supremacist Groups
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    Twentieth-Century White Supremacist Groups

    Professor George Michael talked about white supremacist groups in the mid to late-twentieth century. He described the difference between white supremacist and white separatist groups and…

  • 20th Century UFO Conspiracies
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    20th Century UFO Conspiracies

    Professor Felix Harcourt talked about how conspiracy theories about UFOs have shaped America culture. He began in the late 1940s and described how public opinion about extraterrestrials…

  • Integration of Baseball
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    Integration of Baseball

    Terumi Rafferty-Osaki, a Ph.D. candidate in the History Department at American University, specializes in twentieth century U.S. history, immigration and ethnicity, and civil rights. In…

  • Cultural Heritage and Confederate Monuments
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    Cultural Heritage and Confederate Monuments

    Professor Scott Nesbit talked about historic preservation and the debate over southern cultural heritage sites, such as the tearing down or the relocation of Civil War monuments and markers…

  • Civil Wars Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days Battles
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    Civil War's Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days' Battles

    Professor Judkin Browning talked about the 1862 Civil War Peninsula Campaign and Seven Days' cattles. He reviewed Union General George McClellan’s failed attempt to take the Confederate…

  • Motivations of Civil War Soldiers
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    Motivations of Civil War Soldiers

    Christopher Hamner talked about the factors that motivated Union and Confederate soldiers during different periods of the Civil War. Hamner explained how things like patriotism, money, and ideology factored…

  • Civil WarEra Women and Volunteerism
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    Civil War-Era Women and Volunteerism

    Professor Judith Giesberg talked about the ways northern middle-class women volunteered during the Civil War. She focused on Louisa May Alcott’s time as Civil War nurse chronicled in her…

  • Twentieth Century Suburbs
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    Twentieth Century Suburbs

    Professor Evan Friss talked about the evolution of suburbs from the early 1900s to the present day. He spoke about how changes to home loan policies, the mass production of houses, and the…

  • 1950s American Culture
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    1950s American Culture

    Professor Paul Moreno talked about 1950s American culture. He described how post-World War II society changed due to the Baby Boom, suburbanization, and the emergence of teen culture. He…

  • Korean War and CivilMilitary Relations
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    Korean War and Civil-Military Relations

    Professor Joseph Glatthaar talked about the Korean War, General Douglas MacArthur’s removal from command by President Harry Truman, and civil-military relations.

  • Cold War Educational Film
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    Cold War Educational Film

    Professor Karen Rader talked about mid-20th century educational films used to teach students about nuclear warfare and science. During the Cold War, policymakers feared the U.S. population…

  • Discussion on Asian Immigration and Angel Island
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    Asian Immigration and Angel Island

    University of Minnesota professor Erika Lee talks about Asian immigration to the West coast from 1830 to 1930, including the role of San Francisco Bay’s Angel Island in the 20th century. She compared…

  • 1916 San Francisco Bombing
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    1916 San Francisco Bombing

    Professor Jeffrey Johnson talked about the 1916 bombing of a parade in San Francisco that killed 10 and wounded 40. The bombing took place on what was called “Preparedness Day,” organized…

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