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    First Ladies Throughout History

    Panelists talked about at the historical roles and responsibilities of the first lady as well as how those roles had evolved. They talked specifically about Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy and…

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    Civil Rights and Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, and Eisenhower

    This discussion is from a conference on “The Presidency and Civil Rights” held at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Among the topics: FDR’s World War II internment of Japanese Americans,…

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    Franklin Roosevelt's Domestic Affairs Advisers

    A panel discussion was held on the role and influence of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s inner circle of advisers on the domestic policy decisions in his administration. Topics included lessons that could…

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    Senior Advisers to the First Ladies

    Former senior advisers to first ladies talked about their White House experiences and the working bonds between first ladies regardless of political party. They talked about life and politics in the executive mansion’s East…

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    The Legacy and Influence of First Ladies

    The evolving influence and political power of first ladies was discussed by the director of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers, the curator of the Smithsonian’s first ladies' exhibit, and the eldest…

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    Eleanor Roosevelt's Politics

    Professor Allida Black talked about Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945. She talked about her upbringing as the niece of President Theodore Roosevelt and her political…

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    Eleanor Roosevelt and the Media

    Professor Allida Black talked about the operations of the Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project at George Washington University and displayed some of the holdings. She also talked about how the longest serving first lady…

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    Political Value of the First Lady

    Allida Black talked about the role of the first lady through American history. While the role of the first lady is not an official political position, Professor Black argued that their…

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    The Life Cycle of Presidential Libraries

    A panel chaired by Allen Weinstein discussed the work of presidential libraries. The session “The Life Cycle of Presidential Libraries: From Processing to Declassification to Education” of…

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    The Imperial White House

    In a forum marking the 200th anniversary of the White House a panel looked at the White House in the early 20th Century. Professor Wills spoke of the stagecraft of power. Ms. Tederick…