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    James K. Polk's Views on the Environment, Land, and Religion

    Historians explored President James K. Polk’s views on federal mining and land policies, the environment, and religion. This talk was part of a two-day conference marking the completion of the…

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    James K. Polk's Politics and Times

    This program featured five views of President James K. Polk’s politics and times, from his relationship with predecessor Martin Van Buren to his role as a wartime chief executive. This panel was…

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    First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore

    Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah…

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    Invading Mexico

    Joseph Wheelan explores the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The author chronicles President James Polk’s desire to acquire California via war and the popular dissent that followed the start of the war…

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    James K. Polk

    John Seigenthaler talked about his book, James K. Polk, published by Times Books. He described Polk as key to the U.S. westward expansion, and who carried forward the idea of Jacksonian…

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    Q&A with Julia Sweig

    Julia Sweig talked about the influence Lady Bird Johnson had on Lyndon Johnson’s decision-making, both before and during his presidency. She also discussed Mrs. Johnson’s accomplishments as first…

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    His Very Best

    Author and MSNBC political analyst Jonathan Alter recalled the life of former President Jimmy Carter. This was a virtual event hosted by the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco.

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    George Washington and Washington, D.C.

    Robert Watson talked about his book, George Washington’s Final Battle: The Epic Struggle to Build a Capital City and a Nation. He explained why Washington saw the creation of a successful capital…

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    Reagan Assassination Attempt 40th Anniversary

    Forty years ago, on March 30, 1981, John Hinckley, Jr. fired shots at President Ronald Reagan outside the Washington Hilton, including one that ricocheted off the limousine and struck the…

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    Abraham Lincoln, Congress, and the Cabinet of 1862

    William Harris, author of Lincoln and Congress, talked about Abraham Lincoln, Congress and the Cabinet of 1862 at a day-long symposium on Abraham Lincoln’s life, career & legacy. The Abraham…

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    Eisenhower's Treasury and Defense Secretaries

    James Worthen talked about President Eisenhower’s treasury and defense secretaries, and how their personalities and styles influenced administration policies. Both men -- one with no government…

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    No Higher Honor

    Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice talked about her life and career, including her tenure in the Bush administration, where she served as national security adviser from 2001 to 2005…

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    George Washington's Cabinet

    Historian Lindsay Chervinsky talked about how and why George Washington formed his presidential cabinet. She also spoke about how the American cabinet system differed from the British…

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    Former Secretary of State James Baker on Leadership and His Career

    Former Secretary of State James Baker talked about leadership and his career with attorney and historian Talmage Boston. Mr. Baker served as secretary of state for President George H.W. Bush, and…

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    Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal

    The grandchildren of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal cabinet members and advisers talked about the actions taken in the 1930s and early 1940s to bring the country back from the Great…

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    Senator Mike Lee on Executive Power

    Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) talked about executive power under the Constitution.

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    White House in Film and TV

    Filmmakers and former White House officials described their work on productions depicting the White House and the presidency. The discussion hosted by the White House Historical Association…

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    Biden Administration Science Budget

    Dr. Sudip Parikh, chief executive officer of the American Association of Science (AAAS), discussed the Biden administration’s priorities for science research and investments during a…

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    Sculpting James Monroe

    Sculptor Gordon Kray talked about his artistic process in creating a statue of James Monroe for the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. The fifth president attended the college until he…

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    James Monroe's Life and Legacy

    Historian Scott Harris talked about James Monroe’s life, including the fifth president’s Revolutionary War service, his work as a lawyer, his path to the presidency, and the Monroe Doctrine that…

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