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  • Declaration of Independence Global Legacy
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    Declaration of Independence Global Legacy

    University of Maryland History Professor Richard Bell talked about the Declaration of Independence, its origins, purpose, and global significance during and after the American Revolution.…

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  • emInvading Mexicoem
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    Invading Mexico

    Joseph Wheelan explores the Mexican-American War of 1846 to 1848. The author chronicles President James Polk’s desire to acquire California via war and the popular dissent that followed the start of the war…

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  • National History Day Story of Harriet Ann Jacobs
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    National History Day, Story of Harriet Ann Jacobs

    Executive director Cathy Gorn describes the National History Day contest. Then, three middle school students present a 10-minute performance titled, “From the Tragedy of Slavery to the Triumph of…

    343 views
  • emThe Heartbreak of Aaron Burrem
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    The Heartbreak of Aaron Burr

    Historian H.W. Brands profiled Aaron Burr, the former vice president to Thomas Jefferson. Aaron Burr is most remembered for killing former Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton in a duel on…

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  • Western Lands Before and After the American Revolution
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    Western Lands Before and After the American Revolution

    University of Utah Professor Eric Hinderaker taught a class about western settlement before, during and after the American Revolution. Using the Kentucky territory as an example, he…

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  • American Military in the Revolutionary War
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    American Military in the Revolutionary War

    Baylor University Professor Julie Anne Sweet taught a class on the American military during the Revolutionary War, including a look at the equipment and capabilities of both the Continental…

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  • Early English Missions in Colonial America
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    Early English Missions in Colonial America

    Providence College Professor Edward Andrews taught a class on early English missions in Colonial America. He described the efforts of Protestant preachers, such as John Eliot, to convert Native Americans in…

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  • Pregnancy in the 19th Century
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    Pregnancy in the 19th Century

    Shannon Withycombe, professor at the University of New Mexico, talked about pregnancy in the 19th century. She described the experience of childbirth, which often occurred at home, and the…

    339 views
  • QA with Joanne Freeman
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    Q&A with Joanne Freeman

    Yale University historian Joanne Freeman talked about The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to Civil War. In her book she describes 70 violent incidents, meaning incidents…

    2,674 views
  • Early 1800s Abolition and ProSlavery Movements
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    Early 1800s Abolition and Pro-Slavery Movements

    University of Alabama Professor Joshua Rothman taught a class on abolition and pro-slavery movements in the early 1800s. He highlighted the way that both sides used printing presses and…

    728 views
  • Benedict Arnold
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    Benedict Arnold

    Law professor and author Joyce Lee Malcolm discussed Benedict Arnold’s triumphs as an American army general in the Revolutionary War and questioned whether his legacy as a notorious…

    631 views
  • emThe Soul of Americaem
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    The Soul of America

    Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Jon Meacham looked at critical moments in American history and how they relate to today. He spoke at the Rancho Mirage Writers Festival in California.

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  • Painting of American Loyalist James DeLancey
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    Painting of American Loyalist James DeLancey

    The Society of the Cincinnati’s deputy director and curator Emily Parsons displayed a recently acquired portrait painting of American loyalist Colonel James DeLancey in his British uniform. Ms.…

    281 views
  • US Capitol Designer William Thornton
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    U.S. Capitol Designer William Thornton

    In 1793, President George Washington selected architect William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol. In this program, former diplomat Gordon Brown talked about Thornton’s life and work,…

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  • Life and Career id Capitol Architect William Thornton
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    Life and Career id Capitol Architect William Thornton

    In 1793, President George Washington selected physician, painter and architect Dr. William Thornton’s design for the U.S. Capitol building. In this concluding session of a Thornton symposium…

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  • Reflections on Gender in Early America
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    Reflections on Gender in Early America

    Cornell University history professor Mary Beth Norton presented a talk titled “Reflections on Gender in Anglo-America.” The lecture was based on four books she published between 1980 and 2011:…

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  • Life Legend and Legacy of Pocahontas
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    Life, Legend and Legacy of Pocahontas

    This plenary panel was part of a symposium called “Pocahontas: Her Life, Legend, and Legacy,” co-hosted by the Virginia Museum of History and Culture and American Evolution, the…

    212 views
  • 1765 Frontier Rebellion Against the British
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    1765 Frontier Rebellion Against the British

    Author Patrick Spero told the story of the “Black Boys,” 18th-century frontiersmen from Western Pennsylvania who rebelled against the British and attempted to sabotage their efforts to make…

    562 views
  • Lafayette in Washington 18241825
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    Lafayette in Washington, 1824-1825

    Between July 1824 and September 1825, Revolutionary War hero the Marquis de Lafayette toured America, visiting all 24 states and the District of Columbia. Fifty years after the revolution, the…

    428 views
  • Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin
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    Treasury Secretary Albert Gallatin

    Author Gregory May talked about Albert Gallatin, who served as the nation’s fourth Treasury Secretary from 1801-1814. He explored Mr. Gallatin’s early political career, his overhaul of Alexander…

    180 views
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