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    19th Century Chinese Immigration

    Professor Krystyn Moon talked about anti-immigration laws in the 19th century, focusing on Chinese immigrants. She described how an influx of Chinese immigrants on the West Coast during the…

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    Women Journalists at the Turn of the 20th Century

    Iowa State University professor Tracy Lucht talked about women journalists in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. She described the careers of some pioneers, such as Nellie Bly and…

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    "Great Recession" of 2007-09

    Professor Jonathan Levy talked about the so-called “Great Recession” of 2007 to 2009, the worst financial crisis in the U.S. since the Great Depression in the 1930s. He traced the origins…

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    1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi

    Professor Joel Shrock teaches a class about “Freedom Summer,” a 1964 black voter registration project in Mississippi. He talked about the efforts of leaders such as Bob Moses to include…

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    Appalachia in the American Imagination

    Professor Benjamin Bankhurst talked about Appalachia in the American imagination. He described how the regional stereotype has changed over time, from the view of “backwards hillbillies”…

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    Unions After World War II

    Professor Max Krochmal talked about changes to labor organizing in the post-World War II era. He describes how unions argued for the continuation of wartime practices, but often failed due…

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    Civil War in the Fall of 1864

    Professor Charles Dusch talked about the political and military situation in both the North and the South during the fall of 1864. He described how the presidential election, military…

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    Colonial America and the British Empire

    Professor John Coombs talked about the 17th century relationship between the colonial Chesapeake area and the British Empire. He described how the rise of the tobacco economy consolidated…

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    Cold War Jazz Diplomacy in Africa

    U.S. Air Force Academy instructor Captain Jeffrey Copeland talked about the use of American Jazz musicians as State Department-sponsored “ambassadors” in Africa during the Cold War. He…

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    U.S. Colored Troops in the Civil War

    History Professor Roger Davidson discusses Emancipation and U.S. Colored Troops during the Civil War. Professor Davidson explains how African Americans used the disorder caused by the Civil…

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    American Racial Concepts and Plessy v. Ferguson

    Bowie State University history professor Tamara Brown talks about the American concept of race and how it factored into the Supreme Court’s 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson decision. The case served as…

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    Morgan State University History

    Professor Dale Green talked about the institutional history and alumni of Morgan State University, an Historically Black University in Baltimore. He described the school’s founding in 1867…

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    Japanese-American Internment in World War II

    Professor Ellen Wu showed some slides as she lectured on Japanese-American internment in the United States during World War II.

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    World War II and Civil Rights

    Professor Charles McKinney talked about early civil rights efforts during the World War II era. He described movements to end segregation and court cases challenging “separate but equal”…

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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…

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    American Founding and Crisis of the House Divided

    Professor Hadley Arkes taught a class on the intellectual origins of the American system of laws and government. He described the influence of Aristotle and Enlightenment thinkers on the…

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    Psychiatry in the Mid-20th Century

    Professor Naoko Wake talked about the field of psychiatry in the mid-20th century. She spoke about emerging theories and treatments for mental illness during and after World War II. She also…

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    Emergence of Modern Advertising

    Katarina Keane talked about how modern advertising, with executives, brand slogans, and product packaging, emerged in the early 20th century. She described the evolution of advertising and…

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    Presidency of Andrew Jackson

    Arizona State University professor Jonathan Barth talked about the rise of Andrew Jackson and his presidency. He focused on Jackson’s clashes with Whig party members such as Henry Clay and Daniel…

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    Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

    Professor Maurice Jackson talked about the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, an influential African-American sociologist, author, and civil rights activist in late-19th and early 20th…

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