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Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.

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Join students in college classrooms to hear lectures on topics ranging from the American Revolution to 9-11.

    Nixon, Ford & the Constitution

    Nixon, Ford & the Constitution

    Duquesne University president Ken Gormley teaches a class looking at constitutional issues stemming from the Watergate scandal that arose during the presidencies of Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.
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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Free Speech Laws and Court Cases

    Free Speech Laws and Court Cases

    University of Tennessee College of Law professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds teaches a class about free speech and the legal cases that have impacted the courts' interpretation of this part of the First Amendment.
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    Early Cold War U.S. Politics and Economics

    Early Cold War U.S. Politics and Economics

    George Mason University professor Sam Lebovic taught a class about U.S. politics and economics of the early Cold War period of the late-1940s and 1950s. He argued that with extreme ideologies such as fascism and communism completely discredited or out of favor, a consensus formed in the U.S. around centrist political views to the point where the political parties were barely distinguishable. On the economic front, a belief in a “mixed economy” ruled, meaning a broad acceptance of some government involvement in the market.
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

    Wellesley College professor Brenna Greer debunked some of the myths about Rosa Parks and the 1955-56 Montgomery bus boycott. She addressed that Parks was not the first African American woman who refused to give up her seat and that the boycott had planning and precedent. She also explored with the class why a simplified version of this history has become so widespread.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    1890s Growing American Internationalism

    1890s Growing American Internationalism

    Baylor University professor David Smith taught a class about the growth of the internationalist worldview in 1890s America. He argued that economic, moral and political impulses caused Americans to consider a larger role in the world for their nation. Smith then detailed the actions they took, such pursuing missionary work, arguing for the expansion of the navy, and searching for new economic markets.
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    • 1 hr 13 min
    History of Abortion Legislation

    History of Abortion Legislation

    La Sierra University professor Alicia Gutierrez-Romine taught a class about laws and policies regarding abortion. Starting in the 19th century, she tracked changes in medical practice and public opinion through court cases and newspaper coverage. She also described abortion restrictions, access to illegal abortions, costs, and health risks in different time periods and states.
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    • 1 hr 26 min

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