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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…

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    Atomic Bomb Use in World War II

    Professor Peter Kuznick talked about the development and use of the atomic bomb during World War II. He argued that there were others ways, such as changing surrender terms, which…

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    Culture During the Great Depression

    Professor Carl Abrams talked about American culture during the Great Depression era. He described changes to family life, the role of religion, and the rise of Hollywood film. He…

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    Women in the Late-19th Century

    Professor Heather Cox Richardson talked about the new roles women assumed in the workforce and in politics during the late-19th century. She described the gains women made in fields…

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    Cultural Heritage and Confederate Monuments

    Professor Scott Nesbit talked about historic preservation and the debate over southern cultural heritage sites, such as the tearing down or the relocation of Civil War monuments and markers…

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    The Vietnam War

    Professor Andrew Wiest, with the help of a local veteran John Young, talked about the Vietnam War, focusing on the Mekong Delta. Professor Wiest spoke about the strategic importance of…

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    Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

    Professor Maurice Jackson talked about the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, an influential African-American sociologist, author, and civil rights activist in late-19th and early 20th…

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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…

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    Fertilizer and Environmental History

    Professor Paul Sutter talked about how the rise of commercialized fertilizer changed global trade and farming practices. He described how, during the 1800s, farmers looked for various…

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    World War II Home Front

    Professor Kat Williams talked about women and life on the home front during World War II. She described the role of women in aiding the war effort in factories and military auxiliary…

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    Coroners in the 19th Century South

    Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner…

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    Unrest and Reform in the Gilded Age

    Robert Chiles talked about labor and social unrest at the turn of the 20th century, as well as the reforms that tried to combat this discontent. He described the tension between…

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    Incarceration in the Late 20th Century

    Professor Dan Berger talked about the U.S prison system in the late 20th century and the politics behind it. He spoke about how mass incarceration arose in response to the unexpected…

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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…

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    Watergate and the White House Tapes

    John Dean taught a class about Watergate and the discovery of the Nixon White House taping system. In June 1973, during testimony before the Senate Watergate Committee, Mr. Dean…

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    Union and Emancipation in the Civil War

    Professor Tracy McKenzie talked about the evolving Northern war aims, between unionism and emancipation, during the Civil War. He described how public support for emancipation…

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    Mass Migration in the Industrial Atlantic

    Professor Adam Rothman talked about the impact of the advent of the Industrial Revolution on the flow of migrants from Europe to the Americas in the 19th century. He argued that some…

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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…

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    Presidential Legacies

    Professor David O’Connell talked about presidential legacies and the factors that contribute to making a presidential term successful. He spoke about several rankings of…

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    Latino Labor Movements

    Professor Mireya Loza talked about Latino labor movements during the mid-20th century. She spoke about the “bracero” program which brought thousands of Mexicans to the U.S.…

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