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Among the Powers of the Earth, by Eliga Gould

Author Eliga Gould discusses his new book Among the Powers of the Earth,The American Revolution and the Making of a New World Empire. Gould is Associate Professor of History at the University of New Hampshire. This is his second book.
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Enlightenment Era in America - Shaped the politics and morals of the Revolutionary generation

Louisiana State University professor Andrew Burstein teaches a class on the Enlightenment era in America and the ideas that shaped the politics and morals of the Revolutionary generation, with a focus on Benjamin Franklin.
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Can Trump compete with his presidential idol, the extremely passionate Andrew Jackson?

Why did President Donald Trump hang a portrait of America’s seventh president Andrew Jackson in the Oval Office? History professors and co-authors of “The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality,” Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg commented on Trump’s apparent obsession with Andrew Jackson during a discussion on “Salon Talks” about their new book.
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Nancy Isenberg, MD

Nancy Isenberg, MD, specializes in neurology and cognitive disorders.
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Read About It Author Interview: Nancy Isenberg

Taped on August 2, 2008: Nancy Isenberg, winner of the 2008 Oklahoma Book Award, will discuss Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr.

Review: White Trash- The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America

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Nancy MacLean, Conversation, 7 March 2018

Nancy MacLean in conversation with Greg Grandin.

Jefferson vs. Burr: A Truth Vastly Different from What Is Taught in High Schools and Universities

In 1807, Burr was brought to trial on a charge of treason before the United States Circuit court at Richmond, Virginia. His defense lawyers included Edmund Randolph, John Wickham, Luther Martin, and Benjamin Gaines Botts.[61] Burr had been arraigned four times for treason before a grand jury indicted him. The only physical evidence presented to the Grand Jury was Wilkinson's so-called letter from Burr, which proposed the idea of stealing land in the Louisiana Purchase. During the Jury's examination, the court discovered that the letter was written in Wilkinson's own handwriting. He said he had made a copy because he had lost the original. The Grand Jury threw the letter out as evidence, and the news made a laughingstock of the general for the rest of the proceedings.

The trial, presided over by Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall, began on August 3. Article 3, Section 3 of the United States Constitution requires that treason either be admitted in open court, or proven by an overt act witnessed by two people. Since no two witnesses came forward, Burr was acquitted on September 1, in spite of the full force of the Jefferson administration's political influence thrown against him. Burr was immediately tried on a misdemeanor charge and was again acquitted.[62]

Given that Jefferson was using his influence as president in an effort to obtain a conviction, the trial was a major test of the Constitution and the concept of separation of powers. Jefferson challenged the authority of the Supreme Court, specifically Chief Justice Marshall, an Adams appointee who clashed with Jefferson over John Adams' last-minute judicial appointments. Jefferson believed that Burr's treason was obvious. Burr sent a letter to Jefferson in which he stated that he could do Jefferson much harm. The case as tried was decided on whether Aaron Burr was present at certain events at certain times and in certain capacities. Thomas Jefferson used all of his influence to get Marshall to convict, but Marshall was not swayed.

Historians Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein write that Burr:

was not guilty of treason, nor was he ever convicted, because there was no evidence, not one credible piece of testimony, and the star witness for the prosecution had to admit that he had doctored a letter implicating Burr.[53]

David O. Stewart, on the other hand, insists that while Burr was not explicitly guilty of treason according to Marshall's definition, evidence exists that links him to treasonous crimes. For example, Bollman admitted to Jefferson during an interrogation that Burr planned to raise an army and invade Mexico. He said that Burr believed that he should be Mexico's monarch, as a republican government was not right for the Mexican people.[63] Many historians believe the extent of Burr's involvement may never be known.

The Issue of Difference and the Liberal Arts - Mark Burstein Inauguration

Our communities and work places have become significantly more global and diverse. This panel will discuss whether it is the role of a liberal arts education to help prepare students for this aspect of their future lives. If this is an appropriate role, how can colleges and universities approach this challenge from a curricular and extracurricular perspective?

Jill Dolan—(moderator), Annan Professor in English, Professor of Theater in the Lewis Center for the Arts and Program Director in Gender and Sexuality Studies, Princeton University
Dominica Chang, Associate Professor of French, Lawrence University
Peter Glick, Professor of Psychology and Henry Merritt Wriston Professor of the Social Sciences, Lawrence University
Harold Jordan '72, Former Chair of the Board and Emeritus Trustee, Lawrence University
Terri Harris Reed, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, George Washington University

Hamilton v. Burr

The duel between former Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Vice President Aaron Burr is the most famous duel in American history. On July 11, 1804, the two political rivals met on a dueling ground in Weehawken, New Jersey. The rest, as they say, is history. Our esteemed panelists H.W. Brands, Elizabeth Cobbs and Nancy Isenberg will revisit that infamous day in our nation’s young history and take a closer look at that event from a 21st century historian’s perspective.
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White Trash interview with Nancy Isenberg

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The video is to set the tone of the book White Trash by author Nancy Isenberg. What I want for you is to pay attention to what she is saying and why she says so. Note her using her own understanding as much as possible and not exactly what is in the book.

Audio for White Trash selection from Nancy Isenberg's book on class in America.

Audio for White Trash selection from Nancy Isenberg's book on class in America. This selection focuses on the eugenics movement. For classroom purposes.

How an unlikeable president shapes democracy

What would the Founding Fathers think about the state of democracy under President Trump? History professors Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein join SalonTV’s Dean Obeidallah to discuss how the grouchy and personally unlikeable Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams warned about the imperfections of democracy and the risks of electoral politics. Isenberg and Burstein’s book, “The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality,” is available now.

Andrew Jackson and Reading White Trash by Nancy Isenberg

Convinced to tackle this brick and working my way through it. Couldn’t not comment on the chapter profiling president Andrew Jackson. White Trash by Nancy Isenberg is proving frighteningly relevant.

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Nancy Isenberg - White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America

Roosevelt House hosts a special evening featuring Nancy Isenberg, author of the groundbreaking bestseller White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, in conversation with Frank Rich, Writer-at-Large for New York Magazine, and Bill Goldstein, Public Programming Curator for Roosevelt House.

Isenberg, the T. Harry Williams Professor of history at Louisiana State University, has updated the paperback of White Trash to include updated reflections on the 2016 presidential election. As Isenberg and Rich will discuss, the voters who boosted Trump all the way to the White House have been a permanent part of our American fabric, from the earliest British colonial settlement to today's hillbillies.

Isenberg's White Trash upends assumptions about America’s supposedly class-free society – where liberty and hard work were meant to ensure real social mobility. Poor whites were central to the rise of the Republican Party in the nineteenth century, she argues; Reconstruction pitted poor white trash against newly freed slaves, which factored in the rise of eugenics, a widely popular movement that targeted poor whites for sterilization. These poor were at the heart of New Deal reforms and the Great Society. Marginalized as a class, white trash have always been at or near the center of major political debates over the American identity.

Welcoming remarks by Roosevelt House Director Harold Holzer.

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, May 9, 2017.
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35th Portier Lecture: White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America

Presented by Nancy Isenberg, Ph.D.
The 35th Annual Portier Lecture: White Trash: The 400-Year History of Class in America

Thursday, October 29, at 7:30, at Byrne Memorial Hall
Spring Hill College - Mobile, Alabama

Nancy Isenberg is the T. Harry Williams Professor of History at Louisiana State University. She is the author of Madison and Jefferson, 2010, with Andrew Burstein; Fallen Founder: The Life of Aaron Burr, 2007; and Sex and Citizenship in Antebellum America, 1998.

The Portier Lecture is the annual history lecture, named in honor of Bishop Michael Portier, the first bishop of Mobile, who founded Spring Hill College in 1830.

This event was sponsored by the Spring Hill College Department of History. This video was produced in association with the Department of Communication Arts.

Produced by J.L. Stevens II

Presidents Adams and the Problem of Democracy

Historians Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein examine the parallels between the politics and personalities of father and son Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams as described in their new book, The Problem of Democracy: The Presidents Adams Confront the Cult of Personality.

The book highlights the Adamses’ prophetic warnings about the dangers of partisanship, demagoguery, and the politics of personality. Lana Ulrich, senior director of content at the National Constitution Center, moderates.

Andrew Burnstein and Nancy Isenberg: Madison and Jefferson

Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg, history professors at Louisiana State University, present a dual biography of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson. The authors focus on the third and fourth American presidents' relationship and their affect on the American political system. Mr. Burstein and Ms. Isenberg argue that although Thomas Jefferson is the more often recognized figure, it was James Madison who played a key role in the development of the two-party system and gave the early push to elect George Washington to the presidency. Andrew Burstein and Nancy Isenberg present their book at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia

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If Democracy Requires Critical Thinking, Are We Doomed?

Andrew Burstein & Nancy Isenberg on the Presidents Adams | The Eric Metaxas Radio Show

Historians Nancy Isenberg and Andrew Burstein recall the Presidents Adams as independent-minded intellectuals with significant, moral courage who confront the cult of personality in their book, The Problem of Democracy.
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