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History of Detectives & Private Investigation

Atlanta
Friday, April 25, 2014

From the Organization of American Historians 2014 annual meeting in Atlanta, Beverly Gage of Yale University and Jeffrey McClurken of the University of Mary Washington talk about the history of detectives and private investigation in the United States.

Updated: Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8:30am (ET)

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