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  • Shenandoah Valley and the Civil War Part 2
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    Shenandoah Valley and the Civil War, Part 2

    Historians responded to audience questions on the Shenandoah Valley during the Civil War. Topics included the burning of towns and destruction of property in the valley by both the Union and…

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  • 1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns
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    1864 Shenandoah Valley Campaigns

    Edward Ayers talked about the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaigns during the Civil War. He spoke about the strategic importance of the valley to both the Union and the Confederacy and…

    373 views
  • Historians as Leaders
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    Historians as Leaders

    University and nonprofit presidents who were historians by training talked about their transitions into leadership positions and how their history backgrounds helped them in their roles as executives.…

    246 views
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
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    Civil War and Reconstruction

    Edward Ayers talked about the end of the Civil War and the dawn of the Reconstruction era. He contended that Reconstruction began as early as the summer and fall of 1864. Mr. Ayers pointed to the Republican party expanding to…

    972 views
  • emThe Birth of a Nationem at 100
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    The Birth of a Nation at 100

    The Smithsonian Institution hosted the “BackStory with the American History Guys” radio program as they examined D.W. Griffith’s film The Birth of a Nation, originally released in 1915…

    1,017 views
  • Surrender at Appomattox 150th Anniversary Ceremony
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    Surrender at Appomattox 150th Anniversary

    American History TV was LIVE from Appomattox Court House National Historical Park for a ceremony marking the exact time on April 9, 1865, that Generals Grant and Lee met at the McLean House to discuss…

    4,250 views
  • Discussion on Confederate Views of the Civil War
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    Confederate Views of the Civil War

    Panelists talked about the pro-Confederate “Lost Cause” view of the Civil War and its legacy in postwar American politics and culture “The Lost Cause” was a panel discussion at “Causes Won and…

    1,802 views
  • Morning Panelists at Civil War Symposium
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    Morning Panelists at Civil War Symposium

    Panelists from the morning sessions of a symposium on the end of the Civil War responded to questions submitted from the audience. “Causes Won and Lost: The End of the Civil War” was a…

    861 views
  • A Spy in the Confederate White House
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    A Spy in the Confederate White House

    Panelists talked about Mary Elizabeth Bowser, a former slave who became a Union spy in the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia. She was part of a pro-Union spy ring run by Elizabeth…

    1,347 views
  • Person of the Year 1863
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    Person of the Year 1863

    Each year, Time magazine selects a single person who had the most influence on events during the previous twelve months. If the same question had been posed in the year 1863, who would Time have selected as the Person of the…

    630 views
  • emFreedom Nationalem
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    Freedom National

    James Oakes talked about his book, Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, in which he examines the efforts, ranging from the militaristic to the…

    881 views
  • History in the Digital Age
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    History in the Digital Age

    Panelists at the American Historical Association’s annual conference in New Orleans talked about how the Internet, YouTube, and Twitter have changed the way historians present their…

    528 views
  • Inaugurations in American History
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    Inaugurations in American History

    Historians Brian Balogh, Ed Ayers, and Peter Onuf recorded their weekly radio program, BackStory with the American History Guys, sin the Flag Hall of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of…

    739 views
  • Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation
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    Civil War Historians Discuss the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation

    Duke University History Professor Thavolia Glymph and University of Richmond President Edward Ayers were among the historians who explored the circumstances, outcomes, and ongoing considerations…

    764 views
  • Race and the Civil War
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    Race and the Civil War

    Three historians held a discussion on race and the role it played leading up to and during the Civil War and how the persistence of resentment and unhealed wounds from the war’s outcome and immediate…

    1,000 views
  • History of Alcohol in America
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    History of Alcohol in America

    Historians Ed Ayers, Peter Onuf and Brian Balogh host the public radio show and podcast “BackStory with the American History Guys.” This weekend, we’ll simulcast the show live from…

    1,316 views
  • Battle of Bull Run 150th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony
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    Battle of Bull Run 150th Anniversary Commemorative Ceremony

    Edward Ayers gave the keynote address at a commemorative ceremony for the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Bull Run, also known as First Manassas. The ceremony was held at Henry…

    400 views
  • Thanksgiving in American History
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    Thanksgiving in American History

    The BackStory Guys, Ed Ayers, Brian Balogh, and Peter Onuf, talked about the history and mythos of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    286 views
  • American Leaders and the Issues of 1861
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    American Leaders and the Issues of 1861

    The evening before the 150th anniversary of the attack on Fort Sumter, historians spoke about leadership and the troubling issues of 1861. Edward Ayres projected some graphics as he talked about “The Logic of Secession.”…

    510 views
  • 1861 Secession Debate
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    1861 Secession Debate

    An episode of the radio program “BackStory with the American History Guys” focused on Secession and the Civil War and its reverberations through history. The hosts discussed the secession…

    1,059 views
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