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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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One-Day Seminar: Civil Disobedience in American History hosted by Wilmington/New Hanover County Schools (Wilmington, NC)

August 13 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar examines the controversial topic of civil disobedience. Here we will consider whether civil disobedience could be an appropriate response to unjust laws in a liberal democracy. We begin by looking at the foundations of government set forth in the writings of John Locke and the Declaration of Independence. Our examination of this topic will then turn to two famous opposing sets of ideas on civil disobedience: 1) Lincoln versus Thoreau and 2) Martin Luther King versus Malcolm X.…

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September 2021

One-Day Seminar: TR, Wilson, and the Progressive Reformers hosted by Pepperdine University (Calabasas, CA)

September 10 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

This seminar will examine the ideas, actions, and legacy of key Progressive Era reformers and the ideas and impact of the Progressive Era in general. The program will be based around a selection of primary source readings, provided in advance to all registrants, and will be conducted seminar-style, with all attendees taking part in the discussion. All attendees of this free Seminar will be provided with lunch, a certificate for continuing education and digital and paper copies of the agenda…

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

September 17 @ 9:30 am - 3:20 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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One-Day Seminar: Liberty and Equality in American History and Politics hosted by USS Midway Museum (San Diego, CA)

September 24 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

This seminar will examine two of the foundational ideas of the American experiment in self-government: liberty and equality. What have these meant at different times in our history, and how have they complemented conflicted with one another? Dr. Greg McBrayer, of Ashland University, will serve as Discussion Leader. 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…

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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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One-Day Seminar: Lincoln, TR and Wilson hosted by Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum (Staunton, VA)

October 29 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
Virginia United States

Many presidents have claimed Abraham Lincoln as the model for their presidencies and their political ideologies, including progressives like Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. This seminar will use primary sources to examine the accuracy or inaccuracy of Roosevelt and Wilson claims. In what ways did progressives like TR and Wilson reflect the Lincolnian vision for America? In what ways did they differ? What are some implications for modern presidents? This colloquium will be conducted using only primary source documents (found…

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