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  1. Andrew Delbanco:The Real American Dream: A Meditation on Hope

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    Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and Director of the American Studies Program at Columbia University, Andrew Delbanco examines the evolution of the American Dream-the idea that anyone…

  2. John Prados: The Origins of the Vietnam War

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    In this lecture, John Prados, a senior fellow at the National Security Archive in Washington, D.C., argues that, contrary to popular belief, America's path to Vietnam was set long before President…

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    • Sergei Khrushchev: The Cuban Missile Crisis

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      Sergei Khrushchev, son of former Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and a Senior Fellow at the Watson Institute for International Studies at Brown University, deconstructs the mythology surrounding the…

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      • Philip Morgan: The African Slave Trade, 1500-1800

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        Historian Philip D. Morgan explores the core experiences of slavery itself, including life on the African coast and on sugar plantations in the new world.  He discusses the wide range…

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        • Edward L. Ayers: Defining the Twentieth Century

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          Edward Ayers, President of University of Richmond, discusses how to define an "era." He reviews African American history and women's history throughout the twentieth century to illustrate…

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          • Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.: A Life in the 20th Century: Innocent Beginnings, 1917-1950

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            Distinguished American historian and counselor to presidents, Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. had a ringside seat to the most pivotal moments of the twentieth century. Schlesinger's Journals: 1952-2000,…

          • Columbus Reports on His First Voyage, 1493

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            Explore just one of the fascinating items from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History collection!

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            • Annette Gordon-Reed: The Hemingses of Monticello

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              Annette Gordon-Reed, winner of a recent MacArthur Fellowship, discusses her Pulitzer-Prize winning book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.

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              • H.W. Brands: The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin

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                H. W. Brands, Dickson Allen Anderson Centennial Professor of History and Government at the University of Texas at Austin, discusses his book, The First American: The Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin…

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