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Looking to the 19th century for perspective on race and government

May. 8, 2017—Issues of race and government are explored in law professor Dan Sharfstein's new book, "Thunder in the Mountains."

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Listen: How the Bible shapes American wars is the focus of Vanderbilt research

Jul. 9, 2013—Scripture has played a pivotal role in shaping the United States’ justification for going to war from the nation's earliest beginnings, according to research from James P. Byrd, assistant professor of American religious history at Vanderbilt University Divinity School.

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“The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836″ (part 6)

Apr. 28, 2011—Watch video of Marshall Eakin, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, speaking April 27 on “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836,” as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The revolution that created the United States was only one of many American revolutions. From 1776 to 1836, wars for independence erupted throughout the Americas—from...

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Stephen Ash: “William G. Brownlow, Saint or Sinner? A Fresh Look at one of Tennessee’s Most Controversial Civil War Figures”

Apr. 25, 2011—Watch video of Stephen Ash discussing “William G. Brownlow, Saint or Sinner? A Fresh Look at one of Tennessee’s Most Controversial Civil War Figures” April 21. Ash, professor of history at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is author of The Black Experience in the Civil War South and Firebrand of Liberty: The Story of Two Black Regiments That Changed...

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“The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836” (part 5)

Apr. 21, 2011—Watch video of Marshall Eakin, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, speaking April 20 on “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836,” as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The revolution that created the United States was only one of many American revolutions. From 1776 to 1836, wars for independence erupted throughout the Americas—from...

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“The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836” (part 4)

Apr. 14, 2011—Watch video of Marshall Eakin, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, speaking April 13 on “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836,” as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The revolution that created the United States was only one of many American revolutions. From 1776 to 1836, wars for independence erupted throughout the Americas—from...

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Bobby Lovett: “Nashville and the Civil War, 1860-1866, and the Economic, Social and Political Transformations”

Apr. 13, 2011—Watch the April 7 talk by Bobby Lovett, professor of history at Tennessee State University, “Nashville and the Civil War, 1860-1866, and the Economic, Social and Political Transformations.” Lovett’s areas of expertise include African-American history and Tennessee as well as Nashville history. His books include The African American History of Nashville, 1780-1930: Elites and Dilemmas...

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The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836 (part 2)

Mar. 31, 2011—Watch video of Marshall Eakin, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, speaking March 30 on “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836,” as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The revolution that created the United States was only one of many American revolutions. From 1776 to 1836, wars for independence erupted throughout the Americas—from Boston...

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David Blight: Gods and Devils Aplenty: Robert Penn Warren’s Civil War

Mar. 28, 2011—Watch video of the talk “Gods and Devils Aplenty: Robert Penn Warren’s Civil War,” by David Blight. Blight, professor of American history and director of the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance and Abolition at Yale University, delivered the Harry C. Howard Jr. Lecture March 24. Blight recently authored A Slave No...

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The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836 (part 1)

Mar. 24, 2011—Watch video of Marshall Eakin, professor of history at Vanderbilt University, speaking March 23 on “The Americas in the Age of Revolution, 1776-1836,” as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. The revolution that created the United States was only one of many American revolutions. From 1776 to 1836, wars for independence erupted throughout the Americas—from Boston...

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Stephanie McCurry: “Antigone’s Claim: Gender and Treason in the American Civil War”

Mar. 18, 2011—Watch video of the March 17 talk, “Antigone’s Claim: Gender and Treason in the American Civil War,” by Stephanie McCurry. McCurry is a professor of history at the University of Pennsylvania whose areas of expertise include the American South and the Civil War era, and the history of women and gender. U.S. Civil War scholars...

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