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  • Natural Rights and the Constitution
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    Natural Rights and the Constitution

    Professor Vincent Phillip Muñoz taught a class on some of the intellectual ideas, such as “natural rights,” underpinning the American founding and Constitution. He discussed with the class…

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  • African American Ministers and Politics
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    African American Ministers and Politics

    Professor Randal Jelks talked about the role of African American ministers in politics. He described church boards and programs as ways community members gained experience running for…

    310 views
  • Lincoln Antietam and Emancipation
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    Lincoln, Antietam and Emancipation

    Professor William Harris talked about Abraham Lincoln, the Civil War Battle of Antietam, and the issuing of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862.

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  • US From Reconstruction to the Progressive Era
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    U.S. From Reconstruction to the Progressive Era

    Professor Peter Kastor talked about how the United States changed from the post-Civil War Reconstruction period to the Progressive era in the early 20th century. He highlighted how the…

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  • 20th Century West and Federal Government
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    20th Century West and Federal Government

    Patricia Limerick spoke to educators about westward expansion and the closing of the American West in the 20th century. She talked about how the West has been portrayed as both pastoral and…

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  • 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.

    708 views
  • 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…

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

    631 views
  • Religion and the American Revolution
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    Religion and the American Revolution

    Jeffry Morrison talked about the role of religion in the American Revolution. He explored the meaning of words or phrases in the Declaration of Independence, such as references to a “Creator,” "Supreme…

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  • The Vietnam War
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    The Vietnam War

    Professor Andrew Wiest, with the help of a local veteran John Young, talked about the Vietnam War, focusing on the Mekong Delta. Professor Wiest spoke about the strategic importance of the…

    1,433 views
  • 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…

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  • 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,…

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  • 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…

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  • 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.

    438 views
  • 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…

    2,332 views
  • 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…

    1,230 views
  • 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…

    736 views
  • 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…

    983 views
  • 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…

    1,056 views
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