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August 2020

One-Day Seminar: “Captains of Industry or Robber Barons?” hosted by Heinz History Center (Pittsburgh, PA)

August 14 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Revisit the Gilded Age, or Age of Enterprise as some call it and read about the ideas, actions, and legacies of the leading political and industrial figures of the times, exploring the question of whether these people are properly portrayed as either ‘Robber Barons’ or Captains of Industry’ – or perhaps, something of both. Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. All registrants will receive a copy of the reader, on…

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September 2020

One-Day Seminar: Presidents and Political Parties hosted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (Phoenixville, PA)

September 30 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The U.S. Constitution makes no mention of political parties, yet parties began to form shortly after its ratification. Today, it is hard to see how American democracy would work without them. At the same time, parties formed as decentralized political associations that engaged the attention of ordinary citizens and held presidents accountable to local constituencies. But as the power of the presidency (and the federal government) grew, parties shifted their attention from building political support in the states and localities…

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October 2020

One-Day Seminar: FDR, WWII and the Holocaust hosted by Clearfield Area High School (Clearfield, PA)

October 12 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The Holocaust was the greatest horror of World War II, and the Allies obtained evidence of Nazi Germany’s genocide of Europe’s Jewish population during the war. How did Allied leaders, especially President Franklin Roosevelt, respond to the Holocaust? Did the Allies attempt to disrupt the death camps’ operations in order to halt the mass murder? Could the Allies have done more? How much coverage did the genocide receive in the United States and how did the public respond? Using a…

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One-Day Seminar: Captains of Industry or Robber Barons by Freedoms Foundation Valley Forge (Phoenixville, PA)

October 14 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Revisit the Gilded Age, or Age of Enterprise as some call it and read deeply about the ideas, actions, and legacies of the leading political and industrial figures of the times, exploring the question of whether these people are properly portrayed as either ‘Robber Barons’ or ‘Captains of Industry’—or, perhaps, something of both. Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. All registrants will receive a copy of the reader, on paper,…

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One-Day Seminar: Sectionalism and the Civil War hosted by IU 3 (Homestead, PA)

October 23 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

The decade that preceded Abraham Lincoln’s presidential election and the onset of secession and civil war saw an America increasingly divided over the future of slavery in the United States. The readings for this seminar present a diversity of opinions regarding that division, and how best to resolve what Harry V. Jaffa called “the crisis of the house divided.” Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. All registrants will receive a…

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One-Day Seminar: Jim Crow: Its Roots and Impact on African Americans hosted by Carlisle High School (Carlisle, PA)

October 31 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

This seminar will focus on the roots of Jim Crow in the late 19th century. What was the catalyst for Jim Crow legislation? How did the laws and customs of Jim Crow get firmly established? How was it defended by its supporters? How was it attacked by civil rights advocates and how did African Americans respond to the systematic discrimination of Jim Crow? Join your colleagues for a deep dive into documents that describe what C. Vann Woodward called, “The…

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November 2020

One-Day Seminar: The Roaring Twenties hosted by IU3 (Homestead, PA)

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

What put the ‘roar’ in the Roaring 20’s and what did that mean for politics, policy, the economy and society of America? This seminar will explore those questions and perspectives with documents of the time. Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. All registrants will receive a copy of the reader, on paper, in advance of the program; and digital copies will be available here after early October 2020. Click here to register.

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December 2020

One-Day Seminar: The United States Congress hosted by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge (Phoenixville, PA)

December 9 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 pm

Learn about the evolution of Congress in this documents-based Seminar, hosted by the Freedoms Foundation. The documents reader will consist of documents that explore the major issues and concerns over congressional representation at the Constitutional Convention, the powers of Congress, the balance of those powers between the States and federal government and will conclude with Congress and the modern administrative state. Lunch will be provided at this free program, as well as a certificate for continuing education. All registrants will…

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March 2021

One-Day Seminar: Origins of the Cold War hosted by Carlisle High School (Carlisle, PA)

March 20, 2021 @ 8:30 am - 3:00 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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