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Lectures in History

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Go back to school with the country's top professors lecturing on a variety of topics in American history. New episodes posted every Saturday evening. From C-SPAN, the network that brings you "After Words" and "C-SPAN's The Weekly" podcasts.

Go back to school with the country's top professors lecturing on a variety of topics in American history. New episodes posted every Saturday evening. From C-SPAN, the network that brings you "After Words" and "C-SPAN's The Weekly" podcasts.

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Washington, DC

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C-SPAN

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Go back to school with the country's top professors lecturing on a variety of topics in American history. New episodes posted every Saturday evening. From C-SPAN, the network that brings you "After Words" and "C-SPAN's The Weekly" podcasts.

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@cspan

Language:

English

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400 North Capitol Street NW Suite 650 Washington DC 20001 (202) 737-3220


Episodes

Philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois

7/17/2021
Professor Maurice Jackson talked about the philosophy of W.E.B. Du Bois, an influential African-American sociologist, author, and civil rights activist in late-19th and early 20th centuries. He described Du Bois' early life, his role as an educator, and his relationship with other activists of the time. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:06:58

20th Century UFO Conspiracies

7/10/2021
Emory University professor Felix Harcourt teaches a class on how conspiracy theories about UFOs have shaped America culture. He begins in the late 1940s and describes how public opinion about extraterrestrials changed over the course of the 20th century, often paralleling societal anxieties. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:16:49

Women in the Early Republic

7/3/2021
University of California, Riverside professor Catherine Allgor teaches a class on the lives of women during the American Revolution and the Early Republic. The history of the period has often focused on the actions of men and battlefields, with women portrayed as strictly home-centered and only achieving political influence through their husbands. Professor Allgor argues for a broader view of Revolutionary-era women, looking at how they exercised a small but increasing amount of political...

Duration:01:04:41

Guerilla Warfare in the Civil War

6/26/2021
Brown University professor Megan Kate Nelson teaches a class about guerilla warfare, which is largely characterized by its tactics, including ambushes and surprise raids on unsuspecting troops and towns. She talks about the guerrilla soldiers fighting on both the Union and Confederate sides during the Civil War. These small bands of men on horseback were nimble and difficult to capture, especially Confederate guerrillas who often did not wear uniforms and blended back into the population...

Duration:01:16:49

Early Atlantic Exploration

6/19/2021
Northeastern University professor William Fowler taught a class about early Atlantic exploration, Christopher Columbus and the discovery of the Caribbean and the Americas by Europeans. He described the oceanic ventures of the Vikings, Portuguese and Spanish as well as the navigation assumptions of the time period. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:08:35

The Promise of Suburbia

6/12/2021
Johns Hopkins University professor Nathan Connolly teaches a class about the “promise of suburbia” after the civil rights movement. He explores the role of zoning, eminent domain, and property rights in the making of racial housing categories. He also explains how these tools were often used by local governments to impede desegregation of neighborhoods. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:18:28

Donald Rumsfeld on the War on Terror

6/5/2021
As a guest lecturer at the Citadel Military College in Charleston, South Carolina in 2012, former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld gives a talk he calls “The Bush Doctrine, Compassionate Conservatism, and the War on Terror." This class is from a course called “The Conservative Intellectual Tradition in America” taught by Citadel International Politics and American Government professor Mallory Factor. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:02:04:46

Age & the American Revolution

5/29/2021
We visit the James Madison University classroom of professor Rebecca Brannon as she teaches about the concept of age around the time of the Revolutionary War. She debunks the myth that the Founding Fathers were all old men, and describes how fertility rates and perceptions of childhood changed during this founding period, leading to a more child-centric family culture by the early 1800s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:17:54

Mary Church Terrell & the Black "Mammy" Statue

5/22/2021
University of Delaware professor Alison Parker teaches a class about activist Mary Church Terrell's 1923 fight against the United Daughters of the Confederacy's attempt to erect a black "Mammy" statue in Washington, D.C. She describes how Terrell, a civil rights activist and suffragist, organized opposition and successfully prevented this "Lost Cause" statue from being built. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:31

Native American & English Trade in Colonial Virginia

5/15/2021
Virginia Tech professor Jessica Taylor teaches a class about trade relationships between English colonists and Native peoples in Virginia. She talks about the trade networks between tribes prior to European contact, periods of conflict between colonists and Native Americans, and how slavery impacted the economy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:05:22

1970s American Car Culture & Film

5/8/2021
University of Dayton professors John Heitmann and Todd Uhlman teach a class about 1970s American car culture and films of the era. Using examples like "Easy Rider," "American Graffiti" and "Badlands," they argue these films reflected many Americans' disillusionment and glorified the open road as a way to take back control in the face of societal changes. They also talk about the impact of oil shortages, the rise of coast-to-coast races called "Cannonball Runs," and the popularity of trucker...

Duration:01:14:13

1920s American South

5/1/2021
Professor Alan Kraut lectured at American University on the economic progress made by the South during the 1920s as part of his history course on the South since Reconstruction. He said that at half a century after the Civil War it was necessary for the South to turn from its past in order to chart a new future. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:15:05

1864 Presidential Election

4/24/2021
Christopher Newport University professor Jonathan White teaches a class about the 1864 presidential election pitting incumbent Abraham Lincoln against his former top general, Democrat George McClellan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:19:53

John F. Kennedy's Foreign Policy

4/17/2021
Iowa State University History Professor Charles Dobbs talked about President John F. Kennedy’s foreign policy. Topics included the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in Cuba, the raising of the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban Missile Crisis. He also talked about President Kennedy’s policy toward Vietnam. This episode is from 2013. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:00

Vietnam, Walter Cronkite, and Public Opinion

4/10/2021
American University’s W. Joseph Campbell teaches a class on CBS News anchor Walter Cronkite’s pessimistic assessment of the Vietnam War in February 1968 and looks at whether the impact of those comments has been overstated and is merely a media myth. www.oracle.come/goto/cspan. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:00:57

Notable Speakers of the House

4/3/2021
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville professor Kenneth Moffett teaches a class about notable Speakers of the House, from Henry Clay and Joseph Cannon to Newt Gingrich and Nancy Pelosi. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:51:28

Coroners in the 19th Century South

3/27/2021
Professor Stephen Berry talked about coroners in the 19th century South. He discussed the role of a coroner as an agent of the state and talked about the records created from coroner inquests. He argued that coroners can shed light on the emerging patterns of death within a society and spot potential threats to public health such as diseases or a lack of industrial safety. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:12:04

Women Journalists at the Turn of the 20th Century

3/20/2021
Iowa State University professor Tracy Lucht talked about women journalists in the late-19th and early 20th centuries. She described the careers of some pioneers, such as Nellie Bly and Dorothy Dix, and the societal pressures for women writers to balance traditional femininity and a career in journalism. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:01:03:30

U.S. Containment Strategy After World War II

3/13/2021
Professor Hitchcock lectured about the U.S. foreign policy strategy of containment between 1946-1950. After World War II, President Harry Truman initiated policies to prevent the spread of communism in Europe and Asia. This strategy of “containment” would result in decades of Cold War tension between the United States and the Soviet Union. Professor William Hitchcock presented the topic in a class lecture at the University of Virginia. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit...

Duration:00:50:01

Women and the Civil War

3/6/2021
Professor Caroline Janney lectured to her class on women in America from 1600-1870 on the role of women in the Civil War. During her illustrated lecture Professor Janney argued that women provided invaluable services to the soldiers while maintaining the home front. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Duration:00:54:56