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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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    Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965

    Professor Gabriel Chin talked about whether the initial intent of the 1965 Immigration Act was to diversify America, or if it was an unintended consequence. Professor Chin argued that despite much…

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    Immigration Reform Act and Latinos

    Professor Mariela Olivares talked about the effects of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 on Latinos, specifically from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. She argued that this…

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    Chinese Stereotypes in the Late 19th Century

    Andrew Gyory talked about the origins of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act and how popular culture helped shape negative Chinese stereotypes throughout the late 19th century. The lecture was part of a…

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    Immigration in America

    Professor Emeritus Paul Finkelman delivered the keynote address at a symposium focused on the history of immigration in America. He compares the roles of Congress, states, and the president…

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    Representative Emanuel Celler and Immigration Laws

    Rabbi Lance Sussman talked about Representative Emanuel Celler (D-NY), who served in the House from 1923 to 1973. Professor Sussman detailed Celler’s career-long fight against immigration restrictions…

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    Asylum Law in the United States

    Renee Redman talked about the history of Asylum Law in the United States. She argued that prior to the Refugee Act of 1980, the application process for asylum or refugee status was based on foreign policy rather…

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    First Ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore

    Paul Finkelman and Conover Hunt talked about the life and influence of first ladies Sarah Polk, Margaret Taylor, and Abigail Fillmore. They responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. Sarah…

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    War Crimes Trial of Henry Wirz

    Paul Finkelman talked about the military trial of Henry Wirz, the Confederate commander of Andersonville Prison, where approximately 13,000 Union prisoners died. The concept of war crimes was established as a…

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    Congress and Civil War Peace Terms

    Gregory Downs talked about the role of Congress following the end of the Civil War. Professor downs said that when Congress met in December of 1865, occupation of the South, resignation of wartime powers, and…

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    Congress and the End of Slavery

    Virginia Tech history professor Peter Wallensetin talked about the reconvening of Congress following the Civil War and how it attempted to address the end of slavery. “Restoration’s Unfinished Business,…

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    Freedmen, Poverty, and Reconstruction

    Carole Emberton talked about the pervasion of poverty among freed slaves during Reconstruction. She described the government’s attempt to provide aid by establishing the Freedmen’s Bureau, and compared the debates…

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    Historical Accuracy of the Movie Lincoln

    Matthew Pinsker talked about Stephen Spielberg’s film, Lincoln, analyzing what was fact and what was Hollywood fiction. Professor Pinsker spoke about the historical significance of the events the movie portrays, but also…

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    Dakota Rebellion of 1862

    Albany Law School professor Paul Finkelman talked about the Dakota Sioux rebellion that took place in 1862 in the midst of the Civil War. Mr. Finkelman spoke about the political and military…

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    New York City Civil War Draft Riots

    This week on The Civil War, author Iver Bernstein discussed the causes and consequences of the New York City Draft Riots of mid-July 1863, that resulted from the federal draft for additional…

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    Lincoln, Congress, Grant, and the Lieutenant General Act

    Arizona State University history professor Brooks Simpson talked about the Lieutenant General Act of 1864. The act made Ulysses S. Grant a lieutenant general and gave him command of the Union…

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    Lincoln and the Dakota War of 1862

    Historians discussed the Dakota War of 1862. The conflict in Minnesota resulted in the mass execution by hanging of 38 Dakota men. The participants discussed the actions of General Henry…

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    Mary Todd Lincoln and Congress

    Catherine Clinton looked back at the life of first lady Mary Todd Lincoln. She discussed the Lincoln courtship and marriage as well as Mary’s introduction to Washington as a congressman’s wife. Professor Clinton also talked…

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    German Immigrants in the Civil War

    This week on The Civil War, we hear from Mischa Honeck, an author and research fellow at the German Historical Institute, who talks about German immigrants and their motivations for fighting in…

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    The Civil War and Its Aftermath

    This week on The Civil War, the closing discussion from the U.S. Capitol Historical Society’s 2012 Civil War Symposium. Several of the symposium’s presenters take questions from the audience and…

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