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    California Gold Rush

    Professor Patrick Allitt talked about the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. He described how people got there, the physical geography of the area, and the evolving technology used to…

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    World War II and Civil Rights

    Professor Jill Ogline Titus taught a class on World War II and its impact on civil rights. She talked about racial conflicts over housing, voting rights, and integrating work places and the…

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    American Founding and Crisis of the House Divided

    Professor Hadley Arkes taught a class on the intellectual origins of the American system of laws and government. He described the influence of Aristotle and Enlightenment thinkers on the…

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    Native American History

    Professor Colin Calloway talked about Native American history from the Colonial era through westward expansion. He spoke about how tribes operated as separate nations, both in their…

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    Sea Power During World War I

    Professor Chuck Steele talked about the role of sea power during World War I. He spoke about the state of the British Grand Fleet and the activity of German submarines prior to the U.S.…

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    Indian Claims Commission

    Professor Gregory Smoak talked about the Indian Claims Commission, a judicial panel created in 1946 for relations between the U.S. government and Native American tribes. It was established under the…

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    Westward Expansion and Native Americans

    Professor Joseph Genetin-Pilawa spoke about post-Civil War westward expansion, and how it affected Native Americans and federal Indian policy. He argued that during the Reconstruction era,…

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    Origins of the Gay Rights Movement

    Professor Chad Heap talked about the origins of the gay rights movement. He described how participants found common ground with communists, the Black Power movement, anti-war protesters,…

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    America's Cold War Refugee Policy

    Professor Gunther Peck talked about America’s immigration policy toward refugees during the Cold War. He described how people fleeing communist countries, such as Cuba, were given easier…

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    People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas

    Professor emeritus John Demos led a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. He explored how Indian, European, and African populations converged and exchanged…

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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…

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    African-American Women Doctors in the Early 20th Century

    Professor Ameenah Shakir talked about African American women doctors in the early 20th century. She described their efforts on behalf of other African American women in the areas of…

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    Cold War Jazz Diplomacy in Africa

    U.S. Air Force Academy instructor Captain Jeffrey Copeland talked about the use of American Jazz musicians as State Department-sponsored “ambassadors” in Africa during the Cold War. He…

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    Latinos and the Civil Rights Movement

    Professor Oliver Rosales talked about Latinos, the Delano grape strike of the mid-1960s, and their place in the larger Civil Rights movement of the period. Professor Rosales shared his…

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    Henry Wirz and Andersonville Prison

    Professor Carole Emberton talked about Andersonville Prison, the Confederate Civil War military prison where 13,000 Union soldiers died, and the trial of its commander, Henry Wirz. She also…

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    1824 and 1828 Presidential Elections

    Professor Robert Watson lectured about the 1824 and 1828 elections, focusing on the role these elections played in shaping not only the practice of campaigns and elections but the practice…

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    Interurban Electric Rail

    Professor Roger Grant talked about the history of American transportation and the rise of interurban electric rail at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. Interurbans were…

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    Rise of Automobiles and American City Planning

    Peter Norton, history of technology professor at the University of Virginia, talked about “America’s love affair with the automobile,.” He spoke about the impact of cars on American cities…

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    Myths About America in World War I

    Professor Jennifer Keene talked about myths about America’s involvement in World War I, including the misconceptions that the U.S. was not involved in Europe prior to entering the war, or…

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    Experiences of Soldiers in World War I

    Gettysburg College History Professor Ian Isherwood talked about how World War One soldiers interpreted their war experiences. He used works by three writers to illustrate the ways soldiers coped with the…

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