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  • PostWorld War II US Auto Industry Mavericks
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    Post-World War II U.S. Auto Industry Mavericks

    University of Central Florida professor Yanek Mieczkowski taught a class about some of the people who challenged the status quo of the U.S. auto industry from the post-World War II era to…

  • Honor Dueling and Slavery in the Antebellum South
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    Honor, Dueling, and Slavery in the Antebellum South

    Suffolk University professor Kenneth S. Greenberg taught a class on the role of honor and dueling in the lives of slave masters in the antebellum South. He explained what actions would have…

  • 1970s Conservative Movement and Foreign Policy
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    1970s Conservative Movement and Foreign Policy

    Princeton University professor Julian Zelizer taught a class on the growth of conservative influence over U.S. foreign policy in the 1970s. Following the Vietnam War, American presidents from Richard…

  • Margaret OMara Discusses 1968 Presidential Election
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    1968 Presidential Election

    Professor Margaret O’Mara talked about the 1968 presidential election and the events that affected the outcome. She spoke about how the Vietnam War eroded political support for President…

  • Tet Offensive to Vietnam Wars End
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    Tet Offensive to Vietnam War's End

    U.S. Army Command and General Staff College professor Richard Faulkner taught a class on the Vietnam War, focusing on the Tet Offensive in 1968 though the U.S. withdrawal in the early 1970s. He…

  • 1840s Popular Culture
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    1840s Popular Culture

    Texas A&M University professor Lorien Foote taught a class about popular culture during the 1840s. She talked about the importance of theater to all classes of society during this period,…

  • DDay and Omaha Beach
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    D-Day and Omaha Beach

    Professor Adrian Lewis talked about about Omaha Beach and the 1944 D-Day landings in Normandy, France, during World War II. He described the German and Allied military strategies as well as…

  • The Vietnam War 196575
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    The Vietnam War, 1965-75

    San Diego State University professor Pierre Asselin taught a class on the Vietnam War, looking at the conflict from U.S. escalation in 1965 to the fall of Saigon in 1975. He described the…

  • Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction
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    Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction

    University of Connecticut professor Manisha Sinha taught a class about the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. She outlined the different ways historians have interpreted this period -…

  • Abundance Wages and the Great Depression
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    Abundance, Wages, and the Great Depression

    Southern Methodist University professor Alexis McCrossen teaches a class on the abundance of the 1920s and the Great Depression. She argues that low wages and an unequal distribution of wealth hindered…

  • 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,…

  • Vietnam Wars Operation Rolling Thunder
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    Vietnam War's "Operation Rolling Thunder"

    Douglas Kennedy of the U.S. Air Force Academy taught a class on Vietnam’s War’s “Operation Rolling Thunder” air campaign, which took place from 1965-68. He described goals of the campaign, such as…

  • Agricultural Labor Since 1930 and Organic Farming
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    Agricultural Labor Since 1930 and Organic Farming

    Tulane University professor Jana Lipman taught a class on agricultural labor in the United States since 1930 and the rise of organic farming. She described the “bracero” program which…

  • 1864 Civil War Overland Campaign
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    1864 Civil War Overland Campaign

    Sam Houston State University professor Brian Matthew Jordan taught a class about the Civil War’s Overland Campaign, which took place in Virginia in 1864 and pitted Union forces under Ulysses S.…

  • Late19th Century Development of Skyscrapers
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    Late-19th Century Development of Skyscrapers

    Washington University in St. Louis professors Margaret Garb and Eric Mumford taught a class about the development of skyscrapers in the late-19th century. First, Professor Garb examined the…

  • Food and War
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    Food and War

    American University professor Johanna Mendelson Forman taught a class on food and how disruptions in agricultural production and supply--whether by natural or man-made causes--can be a…

  • The South and National Culture in the 1970s
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    The South and National Culture in the 1970s

    East Tennessee State University professor Tom Lee taught a class about the South’s influence on national culture in the 1970s. He highlighted the political importance of the region during Jimmy…

  • Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Environment
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    Nuclear Weapons Testing and the Environment

    Colorado College Professor Amy Kohout taught a class on nuclear weapons testing in the continental U.S. in the 1950s and '60s and how it impacted the environment. She described scientific…

  • Reconstruction Moonshine and NASCAR
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    Reconstruction, Moonshine, and NASCAR

    Tulane University professor Blake Gilpin taught a class about moonshine drivers and the origins of NASCAR. He described how after the Civil War, particularly in the South, moonshiners…

  • 1880s American Anarchist Movement
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    1880s American Anarchist Movement

    Johns Hopkins University professor Ronald Walters taught a class about the 1880s anarchist movement in America. He talked about Albert Parson, a Confederate soldier who became a socialist and…

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