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    Alexander Hamilton and the Morris-Jumel Mansion

    Carol Ward talked about the historical ties between Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and the Morris-Jumel Mansion. Ms. Ward also talked about the connection between the site and the musical…

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    The Founders and the Idea of a National University

    Professor George Thomas talked about his book, The Founders and the Idea of a National University: Constituting the American Mind. This interview, conducted at Claremont McKenna College, is part…

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    Syphax Descendants Interviews

    Craig Syphax and Stephen Hammond, descendants of the Syphax family, talked about their ancestors who were slaves at Arlington House before the Civil War.

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    American Empire and the Nation's Founding

    Kenneth Bowling spoke about the concept of an “American Empire.” Mr. Bowling argued that the country was not simply founded on principles of republican government, but also on a deeply…

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    Colonial West

    Professor Paul Mapp talked about the interactions between the European colonial powers and Native American tribes on the Great Plains during the 1700s, and how horses and guns provided advantages in…

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    Monocacy Battlefield Slave Quarters

    Joy Beasley gave a tour as she described the recent efforts to excavate a 200 year-old slave quarters on the Monocacy National Battlefield. The discovery in 2003 took place on the National…

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    History and Hamilton the Musical

    Scholars examined the history covered by the musical Hamilton and talked about its significance in modern popular culture as well as its place in the larger context of theater and film productions…

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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 from…

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    Snee Farm Plantation and Charles Pinckney

    Ranger Carlin Timmons talked about the story of Charles Pinckney. A signer of the U.S. Constitution, governor of South Carolina, and a member of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, he is sometimes called…

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    Independence Hall Assembly Room

    National Park Service Park Ranger Matthew Ifill told the story of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention from the room inside Independence Hall where the events…

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    New Mexico's Palace of the Govenors

    Frances Levine talked about the history of the Palace of Governors and some of the figures who have lived in the building. She also toured several of the building’s rooms and exhibits. The Palace of the Governors was…

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    Birth of the Star-Spangled Banner

    Vince Vaise gave a tour of Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine in Baltimore, Maryland, and talked about the birth of the Star-Spangled Banner. 2014 marked the 200th…

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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 Washington and John…

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    Q&A with Ron Chernow

    Ron Chernow talked about his 2004 biography, Alexander Hamilton, which was adapted into the Broadway musical Hamilton.

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    "Constituting Liberty" Exhibit

    Jeffrey Rosen gave a tour of the “Constituting Liberty” exhibit, which features rare copies of the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. Mr. Rosen talked…

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    Immigration Laws in the Early American Republic

    Ron Duquette portrayed Albert Gallatin and spoke about the experiences of the Swiss founding father and immigration laws in the early American republic. Geneva native Albert Gallatin immigrated to the…

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    American Revolution and the Hudson River Valley

    George Daughan talked about his book, Revolution on the Hudson: New York City and the Hudson River Valley in the American War of Independence.

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    Declaration of Independence and 1776

    David Rubenstein talked about the Newseum exhibit “1776 - Breaking News: Independence.” The exhibit features an original July 6, 1776, edition of the Pennsylvania Evening Post, the first…

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    James G. Blaine and the Blaine House

    Maine State Historian Earle Shettleworth talked about Maine’s governor’s mansion and its namesake James G. Blaine, an American political figure during the mid to late 19th century. C-SPAN’s Local…

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    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell on Henry Clay

    Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) spoke about former Kentucky congressman Henry Clay. Among the topics he addressed were early partisan debates in Congress, the legislative process, and…

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