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  • Cuban Missile Crisis
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    Cuban Missile Crisis

    Grove City College Professor Paul Kengor explored the tense days of October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union faced off over missiles in Cuba in one of the “hottest” episodes…

  • Neutrality and World War I America
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    Neutrality and World War I America

    University of Minnesota Professor Saje Mathieu taught a class about “neutrality” and what that concept meant in World War I America. She explained how neutrality did not mean inactivity, as…

  • Slaves Suing for Their Freedom
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    Slaves Suing for Their Freedom

    University of Nebraska-Lincoln professor William G. Thomas III taught a class on some of the lawsuits brought by enslaved people who sued for their freedom in the antebellum period. He…

  • 1960s African American Voter Registration
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    1960s African American Voter Registration

    Emory University professor Carol Anderson taught a class about efforts in the early 1960s to register African American voters in Mississippi. She described some of the leaders of the…

  • Women and Farm Work in the 20th Century
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    Women and Farm Work in the 20th Century

    Iowa State University Professor Carmen Bain taught a class on women’s work on family farms during the 20th century. She argued that societal expectations for what roles were appropriate for…

  • American Cartoons in World War II
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    American Cartoons in World War II

    Pace University professor Durahn Taylor taught a class on American cartoons in World War II and the ways they supported - and even influenced - the war effort. He shows superhero comics…

  • US Expansion and Hawaii
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    U.S. Expansion and Hawaii

    Johnson County Community College Professor Tai Edwards taught a class about the expansion of the United States during the Spanish-American War and the acquisition of Hawaii. She examined…

  • Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy
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    Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy

    Gettysburg College Professor Timothy Shannon taught a class on Colonial-era diplomatic ties between the Iroquois Confederacy of the eastern Great Lakes region and European settlers. He…

  • Marijuana Regulation in US History
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    Marijuana Regulation in U.S. History

    Colorado College professor Santiago Guerra taught a class on marijuana regulation in U.S. history. He compared views and laws on marijuana to other controlled substances such as alcohol,…

  • Vietnam War Lessons Learned
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    Vietnam War Lessons Learned

    Triton College professor Edward White taught a class on lessons learned from the Vietnam War. He covered what military generals said after the war and how films and documentaries have…

  • Nixon Kissinger and US Withdrawal From Vietnam
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    Nixon, Kissinger and U.S. Withdrawal From Vietnam

    U.S. Air Force Academy Professor Stephen Randolph taught a class about President Richard Nixon, his National Security Adviser Henry Kissinger, and their strategy for the U.S. withdrawal…

  • The 1920s
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    The 1920s

    Karen Markoe of State University of New York Maritime College taught a class on the 1920s. She talked about politics, prohibition, and organized crime, as well as popular music and sports…

  • Public Lands and the Law in the Early Republic
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    Public Lands and the Law in the Early Republic

    Duke University professor Laura Edwards taught a class on public lands and the law in the early American Republic. She looked at competing visions for westward expansion among the Founders,…

  • Abraham Lincoln and Native Americans
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    Abraham Lincoln and Native Americans

    Stony Brook University Professor Paul Kelton taught a class about Abraham Lincoln and Native Americans. He talked about the Dakota Wars in Minnesota which resulted in 38 executions, the…

  • 1970s and 80s Deindustrialization of the US
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    1970s and '80s Deindustrialization of the U.S.

    Loyola University Chicago Professor Michelle Nickerson taught a class on the deindustrialization of the U.S. in the 1970s and '80s and how music and popular culture of the period reflected…

  • Playwright August Wilson and emFencesem
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    Playwright August Wilson and Fences

    Tulane University professor John “Ray” Proctor taught a class about playwright August Wilson, his contribution to African American theatre and his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Fences.

  • Civil Rights and Ronald Walters Career
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    Civil Rights and Ronald Walters' Career

    University of Texas at Austin Professor Peniel Joseph taught a class on the life and career of civil rights pioneer Ronald Walters. In 1958, Mr. Walters organized a desegregation sit-in and…

  • AntiSemitism and Holocaust Denial
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    Anti-Semitism and Holocaust Denial

    Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt taught a class about anti-Semitism in America and Holocaust denial. She shared the story of her 1996 lawsuit against Holocaust denier David Irving - which…

  • Drug Addiction in 19th Century America
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    Drug Addiction in 19th Century America

    Professor Elizabeth Gray talked about the use of and public opinion on opium and laudanum in the 19th century. Professor Gray described how most laudanum addicts at the time were upper…

  • 1970s Culture and Economics
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    1970s Culture and Economics

    University of Massachusetts Boston Professor Vincent Cannato taught a class about the culture and economics of the 1970s. He talked about the 1973 oil crisis, demographic changes in…

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