Courtesy: Massachusetts Historical Society.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Abigail Adams, Mercy Otis Warren, and Judith Sargent Murray all contributed to the intellectual life of the American Revolution. A panel of historians discusses their writings, lives and views on politics, equality and the war against Great Britain.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 2:02pm (ET)
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While the Founding Fathers often get all of the credit for the creation of America – without the encouragement and work of many women things may have ended up differently. George Mason University History Professor Rosemarie Zagarri examines the important role that women played in generating support for the revolutionary war and how their involvement helped pave the way for a greater political identity for women within the new nation.
Revolutionary War history courses generally teach students about the actions of men on the battlefield. But women's lives during that time were largely centered on the home, and any political influence they achieved was through their husbands. In this class, Professor Catherine Allgor of the University of California-Riverside teaches about the lives of women in the early American republic.
Author Rawn James describes Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall’s early career and profiles his mentor, Charles Hamilton Houston. The two lawyers led the NAACP’s legal office in challenging Jim Crow laws with a focus on school integration.
President Truman’s grandson, Clifton Truman Daniel, joins atomic bomb survivors from Hiroshima and Nagasaki to discuss the lasting legacy of the nuclear attacks that ended World War II in the Pacific. It was President Truman who ordered the bombs dropped on the Japanese cities. We’ll hear the survivors describe the attacks as they experienced them – and the lasting emotional and physical effects of the bombings. This event was hosted by the Japan Society.
Indiana University professor Michael McGerr discusses feminism and its impact on popular music in the 1960s and ‘70s. The class is part of a course called “Rock, Hip Hop and Revolution: Popular Music in the Making of Modern America, 1940 to the Present.”
Oregon State University professor Marisa Chappell discusses the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and the anti-poverty and entitlement programs that were part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” She also details the societal attitudes toward impoverished minorities at the time, focusing on the challenges faced by single mothers.
Central Connecticut State University professor Robert Wolff and his class examine how the memory of the Civil War has changed from its 50th and 100th anniversaries to the present.