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October 2017

Moments of Crisis: Nullification Crisis

Sat, Oct 7, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

South Carolina established itself as an early proponent of states’ rights, and had in fact threatened to leave the union on multiple occasions, beginning with the Constitutional Convention itself. Differences over trade and tax policy drove the most ardent believers in state supremacy to ignore federal law entirely during Andrew Jackson’s first term, bringing to head a crisis over state versus federal power, and which would truly be the “supreme law of the land.” Access the readings and scholar bios…

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November 2017

Moments of Crisis: Lincoln’s Assassination

Sat, Nov 18, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The Union, celebrating victory over the South and an end to the Civil War, was dealt a cruel blow by John Wilkes Booth when he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln on 14 April 1865. Although not the first attempt on a president’s life - including Lincoln himself - this first successful assassination of an American president had actually been at attempt at a full decapitation of Union leadership, targeting more than just Lincoln. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register…

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December 2017

Moments of Crisis: Sinking of the USS Maine

Sat, Dec 2, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

By the late 19th Century, America was a growing industrial power with imperial interests abroad. With interests across the Pacific and growing attention on Central and South America, the United States was progressively more involved in world affairs as the years passed. Explore the connection between American imperial leanings and the incident in Havana Harbor, and how they helped propel the still-young nation onto the world stage. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Saturday Webinar series…

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January 2018

Moments of Crisis: Attack on Pearl Harbor

January 6, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

As the world was embroiled in yet another war, the United States again sought neutrality, while still protecting its interests. Negotiating with Japan over its abuses of China were complicated by conflicting economic and political interests by the two countries in Asia, and Japan’s alliance with Nazi Germany. The surprise attack on 7 December 1941, which came while Japan continued its diplomatic mission with the United States, drew America into World War 2, and in fact set the stage for…

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February 2018

Moments of Crisis: Cuban Missile Crisis

February 3, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The “13 Days” during which the world held its breath, fearing a nuclear exchange between the United States and Soviet Union, it is an event that is actually only dimly-understood. Explore the truth of the event that took the world arguably its closest to nuclear war through both American and declassified Soviet records, the latter of which only came to light in the 1990s. Access the readings and scholar bios here. Register for our Saturday Webinar series for the 2017-18…

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March 2018

Moments of Crisis: Bloody Sunday in Selma

March 3, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Some 600 peaceful Civil Rights demonstrators sought to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on 7 March 1965, and were met with police dogs, clubs, and firehoses. The brutal attack by local law enforcement made national headlines and helped to show, in clear terms, the reality of racial segregation throughout much of the South. This event encouraged various civil rights groups to set aside their differences and pledge to work more closely with one another, and drew a quick, sharp response…

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April 2018

Moments of Crisis: Watergate

April 7, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

The break-in at the Watergate before the 1972 presidential election was relatively small news at the time; however, keen investigative journalism and a voice from within the Nixon administration eventually led to the downfall and first resignation of an American president. Astonishing in its brazenness, the work of the Plumbers and involvement of the White House dramatically changed how Americans viewed presidential character and the relationship between the press and politicians, ushering in an era of increased partisanship and distrust.…

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May 2018

Moments of Crisis: Iranian Hostage Crisis

May 12, 2018, 11:00 am to 12:30 pm

On 4 November 1979, Iranian revolutionaries broke into the American embassy in Tehran and took hostage 52 American diplomats and citizens, beginning what would be 444 days of captivity that would tarnish, and perhaps help bring down, President Jimmy Carter. The longest hostage crisis in history, it included far-reaching diplomatic negotiations and a failed military operation that left eight U.S. service members dead and several others injured, and Carter taking full blame for the fiasco. Access the readings and scholar…

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