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June 2021

One-Day Seminar: John Quincy Adams: A Consequential Public Life hosted by St. Thomas High School (Houston, Texas)

June 11 @ 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

This seminar will examine the ideas, actions, and legacy of John Quincy Adams, the only president to go on to serve in Congress after his time at the White House. Adam’s long fight against slavery will be a special focus of this seminar, as well as his role in establishing the foundations for a constitutional, legal abolition of slavery. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies…

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August 2021

One-Day Seminar: The Progressive Era hosted by South Carolina Historical Society & South Carolina Council for History Education (Columbia, SC)

August 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

After the Civil War, the challenges presented by a developing industrial economy helped to encourage the progressive movement of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The political and economic landscape had changed fundamentally, and many argued that industrialization, technological innovation, urbanization, big business, and large accumulations of wealth threatened equality of opportunity and the common good. Political corruption only added to the problem. Special interests were said to dominate the political process to the benefit of the few and…

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September 2021

One-Day Seminar: The American Idea hosted by Missouri Humanities Council (St. Louis, MO)

September 9 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

This seminar will examine the founding principles of the American experiment in and system of self-government, with an eye toward how these qualify as a reform of other views on the reason for the state, its source of power, and its role in the life of the individual and society at large, All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies of the agenda and documents reader (found…

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One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

September 18 @ 8:30 am - 2:45 pm

How did the alliances of World War 2 break down, and so quickly, after 1945? How close were these alliances in the first place, and what differences existed between the United States and the Soviet Union that acted as wedges between these two states and their respective allies? This seminar focuses on the ideas, events, and people – as expressed in key documents – of the years immediately after the end of World War 2, and how the Cold War…

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October 2021

One-Day Seminar: Tom Watson and the Farmers Alliance hosted by Watson-Brown Foundation (Thomson, GA)

October 12 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Georgia Encyclopedia calls Tom Watson one of Georgia’s “most perplexing and controversial” politicians in its history. As a state legislator, he opposed lynching and the convict lease system. He supported public education and called for assistance for both Black and White sharecroppers. This stance made him a liberal in contemporary terms. He later embraced the Farmer’s Alliance, a political movement foreshadowing the People’s Party and served as its VP nominee in 1892. In 1904, Watson changed his stance supporting…

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One-Day Seminar: Cold War on the Home Front: 1945-1954 hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

October 16 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The rise of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is a story that has often been told. How did these developments abroad affect life in the United State? This seminar will focus on postwar anticommunism, culminating in the McCarthy Era, but will also focus on changes in home and family life, as well as popular culture in the postwar period. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings…

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November 2021

One-Day Seminar: Reconstruction hosted by The Penn Center (St Helena Island, SC)

November 2 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Before the Civil War ended, the Lincoln administration turned its attention to the enormous challenge of “reconstruction.” Reconstruction called for reconciliation between North and South. It also posed seemingly unanswerable questions. What was the proper political status of the formerly rebellious Southern states? Were they states reasserting their rights under the existing Constitution or conquered territories? What role should the national government play in protecting the civil rights of freedmen, blacks, and Unionists in those Southern states? What should happen…

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One-Day Seminar: The Gilded Age: Robber Barons or Captains of Industry? hosted by Missouri Humanities Council (St. Louis, MO)

November 4 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
A Gilded Age cartoon depicting monopolists intensely watching the activities of the United States congress. This cartoon depicts the elites as bloated giants, resembling large money bags, almost suggesting that they run congress through financial means.

This seminar will examine the Gilded Age, posing about question of the appropriate power of private industry and individuals, versus that of the state, and how these fed into calls for reform at the time, as well as their parallels to contemporary issues. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies of the agenda and documents reader (found here). Click here to register.

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One-Day Seminar: The Cold War in the 1950’s hosted by KEDC (Lexington, KY)

November 6 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The rise of tension between the United States and the Soviet Union is a story that has often been told. This seminar will focus on Truman’s and Eisenhower’s policies on postwar anticommunism, containment, nuclear buildup, The Korean War, and the Soviet Union. This program will be conducted as a Socratic discussion, utilizing primary source documents as the only readings (found here), and with the Discussion Leader facilitating the conversation, instead of lecturing or presenting. Registrants, therefore, are highly encouraged to…

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