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    George Washington and the First Congress

    Fergus Bordewich talked about his book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government. Mr. Bordewich read passages…

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    Reed O. Smoot Papers

    Ryan Lee talked about Senator Reed O. Smoot (R-UT) and showed items from Senator Smoot’s papers, housed in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University. Reed…

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    Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink

    Professor Judy Wu talked about the life and career of Representative Patsy Takemoto Mink (D-HI). She was interviewed at the 2016 meeting of the Organization of American Historians in…

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    Former U.S. Capitol Pages

    Former House and Senate Pages, who served between 1967 and 2001, talked about their experiences. Cokie Roberts moderated the discussion.  “Pages Through the Decades”…

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    U.S. Capitol Page History and Research

    Congressional historians Matthew Wasniewski, Farar Elliott, and Katherine Scott spoke about the U.S. Capitol Page program. Using a variety of images, they discussed their research on…

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    Book Discussion on Black Faces, Black Interests

    Carol Swain talked about her book, Black Faces, Black Interests: The Representation of African Americans in Congress. She was interviewed at Vanderbilt University. C-SPAN’s Local…

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    30 Years of Gavel-to-Gavel Senate Coverage

    To mark the 30th anniversary of C-SPAN2's live gavel-to-gavel Senate coverage since June 2, 1986, key moments from the past 30 years were shown, as well as an interview with Majority Leader…

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    Senator McConnell on the Republican Leader's Suite

    Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) gave a tour of some of the oldest rooms in the U.S. Capitol. He spoke about historic events that occurred in what is now the Senate Republican…

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    African Americans in Congress in the 19th Century

    House of Representatives historian Matthew Wasniewski and House curator Farar Elliott talked the history of African Americans who served in Congress during the late 19th century.

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    Representative Carl Elliott and Profiles in Courage

    Julian Butler talked about Representative Carl Elliott (D-AL), the first recipient of the John F. Kennedy Profiles in Courage award. Representative Elliot received the honor in 1990…

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    Hart Senate Office Building

    Don Ritchie talked about the history of the Hart Senate Office Building. He spoke about the building’s construction, its place in congressional history, and about the…

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    Senator Blanche K. Bruce

    Speakers talked about Senator Blanche K. Bruce in honor of African-American History Month. Senator Blanche K. Bruce (R-MS) was the second African-American member of the U.S. Senate and…

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    Book Discussion on Lion of the Senate

    David Nexon, former domestic policy adviser to Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA), talked about his book Lion of the Senate: When Ted Kennedy Rallied the Democrats in a GOP Congress, which he…

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    Culture of the Antebellum Congress

    Professor Thomas Balcerski talked about the culture of Congress in the Antebellum Era. He described how members of Congress in the early 1800s bonded across party lines through tobacco…

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    Congress Hall

    Matthew Ifill talked about Congress Hall, located next to Philadelphia’s Independence Hall. The U.S. Congress met in the building from 1790 to 1800 and Presidents George…

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    2015 Congressional Year in Review

    C-SPAN looked back at the year in Congress for 2015, which included the new Republican majority in the Senate, debates on Iran and other issues, plus the resignation of former House Speaker…

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    Dirksen Senate Office Building

    Don Ritchie talked about the history of the Dirksen Senate Office Building. He spoke about the building’s construction, its place in congressional history, and about the…

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    Ray Smock on the Role of the House Speaker

    Former House historian Ray Smock talked about the role of speaker of the House of Representatives and how the role evolved through history. 

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    Integration of U.S. Capitol Page Program

    Frank Mitchell, the first African-American congressional page in the 20th century, talked about his experiences working on Capitol Hill. He was joined by Representative Paul Findley…

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    Book Discussion on Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of The American West

    Steven Schulte talked about his book Wayne Aspinall and the Shaping of the American West, in which he tells the story of Representative Aspinall (D-CO), chair of the House Interior and…

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