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  • Revolutionary War Era Clothing and Tailors
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    Revolutionary War Era Clothing and Tailors

    Scholar and curator Katherine Egner Gruber used images to describe the significance of tailors in 18th century Alexandria, Virginia. Examining the account book of tailor William Carlin, who was active between 1763 and…

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  • Boston and the Road to Revolution 17701775
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    Boston and the Road to Revolution, 1770-1775

    Historian, park ranger, and author Phillip Greenwalt gave an illustrated talk on Boston’s role in the origins of the Revolutionary War. Mr. Greenwalt organized his talk around three pivotal events: the…

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  • emThe Fever of 1721em
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    The Fever of 1721

    Stephen Coss talked about his book The Fever of 1721: The Epidemic That Revolutionized Medicine and American Politics, in which he recalls a smallpox outbreak in Boston in April 1721 that…

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  • emCity on a Hillem
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    City on a Hill

    Washington University English Professor Abram Van Engen provided a history of American exceptionalism and the term “city on a hill,” from its origins in a 1630 sermon by Massachusetts Bay…

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  • Preamble of the Declaration of Independence
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    Preamble of the Declaration of Independence

    Clemson University Professor C. Bradley Thompson taught a class about the preamble of the Declaration of Independence. Examining it line by line, he talked about the “self-evident” truths…

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  • Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy
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    Colonial Diplomacy and the Iroquois Confederacy

    Gettysburg College Professor Timothy Shannon taught a class on Colonial-era diplomatic ties between the Iroquois Confederacy of the eastern Great Lakes region and European settlers. He…

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  • California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism
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    California Native Americans and Early 1800s Capitalism

    Professor Ashley Riley Sousa talked about Native Americans and capitalism in early 19th century California. She focused on local tribes' commercial interactions with Spanish missions and…

    1,874 views
  • Southern White Women Slave Owners
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    Southern White Women Slave Owners

    Stephanie Jones-Rogers detailed her research into Southern white women slaveholders who, she calculates, comprised 40 percent of slave owners in some regions. The previous estimate had been…

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  • Politics of the Founding Era and Today
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    Politics of the Founding Era and Today

    Panelists compared founding-era politics to today’s. They stressed that while government size and voting demographics have changed, many issues that concern Americans today worried those in the…

    405 views
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    1774

    Colonial historian Mary Beth Norton looked at the year 1774, the lead-up to and the beginning of the Revolutionary War.

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  • Serena Zabin Discusses emThe Boston Massacreem
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    The Boston Massacre

    History Professor Serena Zabin provided a history of the 1770 Boston Massacre.

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  • Historian Joanne Freeman on Alexander Hamilton
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    Historian Joanne Freeman on Alexander Hamilton

    The National Council for History Education moved their conference online due to the coronavirus outbreak. This session featured Yale University History and American Studies professor Joanne Freeman,…

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  • Alexander Hamiltons Views on National Debt
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    Alexander Hamilton's Views on National Debt

    Professor Robert Wright talked about Alexander Hamilton’s views on national debt and imagined how the Founding Father would address U.S. debt in the 21st century.

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  • 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…

    3,621 views
  • Alexander Hamiltons Military Career
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    Alexander Hamilton's Military Career

    Historian Damien Cregeau talked about Alexander Hamilton’s military career and his relationship with George Washington. The Dey Mansion in Wayne, New Jersey -- the site of Washington’s 1780…

    613 views
  • Influence of Christianity on Americas Founders
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    Influence of Christianity on America's Founders

    Mark David Hall, politics professor at George Fox University and author of Did America Have a Christian Founding?, and Andrew Seidel, constitutional attorney and author of The Founding Myth,…

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  • emSam Houston and the Alamo Avengersem
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    Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers

    Brian Kilmeade talked about his book, Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers: The Texas Victory That Changed American History, in which he provided a history of the United States' war for…

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  • Crispus Attucks in American Memory
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    Crispus Attucks in American Memory

    Historian and author Mitch Kachun talked about his book, First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory. Professor Kachun explored how and why Attucks, a former slave who was…

    325 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…

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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.…

    517 views
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