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  • Writings of Ernest Hemingway
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    Writings of Ernest Hemingway

    From Ernest Hemingway’s home in Key West, Florida, the guests talked about his life and writings, and how the history of the 1920s and 1930s was characterized in his novels and short stories, with…

  • Theodore Roosevelt s Life in the West
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    Theodore Roosevelt' s Life in the West

    Mr. Klemetsrud presented a portrayal of Theodore Roosevelt as a young man during his time as a rancher in North Dakota.

  • Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour
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    Harlem Renaissance Walking Tour

    As part of the Harlem Book Fair a walking tour took place in the heart of Harlem, with many stops relating to writers associated with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s. People…

  • emTheir Eyes Were Watching Godem
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    Their Eyes Were Watching God

    Participants talked about Zora Neale Hurston’s novel Their Eyes Were Watching God and its portrayal of African-American and women’s culture. Among the topics they addressed were the…

  • Writings of Hughes and Hurston
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    Writings of Hughes and Hurston

    Guests examined the origins and impact of the Harlem Renaissance which lasted from the end of World War I through the middle of the Great Depression. During that time, a group of…

  • Zora Neale Hurston Hometown Tour
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    Zora Neale Hurston Hometown Tour

    A C-SPAN school bus crew toured author Zora Neale Hurston’s hometown of Eatonville, Florida and talked to residents about the town and her experiences there.

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    Writings of F. Scott Fitzgerald

    Guests talked about the life, works and legacy of author F. Scott Fitzgerald in an effort to learn about the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. “The Jazz Age,” which F. Scott Fitzgerald coined, or the…

  • An Evening with Langston Hughes
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    An Evening with Langston Hughes

    At a symposium honoring the life and work of Langston Hughes, Mr. Glover read from several of Hughes' works and talked about his experiences. The event also featured the unveiling of a…

  • Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance
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    Revisiting the Harlem Renaissance

    In a session of the Langston Hughes Centennial Symposium, panelists described the Harlem Renaissance writers, primarily Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston. They focused on the political…

  • Hemingway and Fitzgerald
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    Hemingway and Fitzgerald

    Mr. Plimpton talked about F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemmingway, their relationship through their correspondence, and a stage performance adapted from their letters.

  • Writings of Will Rogers
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    Writings of Will Rogers

    The early 1920s brought on the beginnings of new media - phonograph records, newsreels, movies, syndicated newspaper features, radio and later silent and talking movies. As these media developed…

  • Writers of the Harlem Renaissance
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    Writers of the Harlem Renaissance

    As part of an ongoing series on American writers, first lady Laura Bush hosted the White House Symposium on Harlem Renaissance Writers. Contemporary authors read from their work and talked…

  • Writings of HL Mencken
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    Writings of H.L. Mencken

    Guests examined the life and career of journalist H. L. Mencken. He became a reporter for the Baltimore Morning Herald and later joined the Baltimore Sun. He eventually became one of the…

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    Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald

    Mr. Donaldson talked about his book Hemingway vs. Fitzgerald: The Rise and Fall of a Literary Friendship, published by Overlook Connection Press. He talked about the history of the friendship and…

  • HL Mencken Collection
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    H.L. Mencken Collection

    Mr. Fitzpatrick showed items from the H.L. Mencken Collection and described them.

  • I Remember Harlem Project
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    I Remember Harlem Project

    At the Harlem Partnership Center senior citizens reminisced about their lives in Harlem during the Renaissance, and also wrote about their favorite childhood memories. They also talked about…

  • Langston Hughes and Modern Music
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    Langston Hughes and Modern Music

    In a forum titled “From Blues to Bop to Hip-hop,” presented as part of a symposium on author Langston Hughes, participants talked about the impact of Hughes' literary form and written word…

  • Harlem Reflections
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    Harlem Reflections

    As part of the American Writers II series on the Harlem Renaissance, Rep. Rangel, who represents the Harlem area in Congress, reminisced about growing up there.

  • Writings of Upton Sinclair
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    Writings of Upton Sinclair

    Guests talked about the history of the Progressive Era, the Industrial Revolution, and labor practices at the turn of the century through the Writings of Upton Sinclair. Sinclair’s The Jungle set in the…

  • Writings of Theodore Roosevelt
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    Writings of Theodore Roosevelt

    Guests talked about the history of the Progressive Era, westward expansion, conservation, and turn-of-the-century politics through the life and writings of Theodore Roosevelt. Roosevelt wrote…

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