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February 2011
Andrew Johnson
February 15th, 2011
56 min 37 sec
Annette Gordon-Reed

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Andrew Johnson never expected to be president, but just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, he was thrust into the nation's highest office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task—to succeed America's greatest chief executive and to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil War. Annette Gordon-Reed shows how ill-suited Johnson was for this daunting task. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the millions of former slaves and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Pulitzer Prize-winnin author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. She is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Her latest book is Andrew Johnson, in the American Presidents Series.

February 2011
Women and the White House
February 10th, 2011
57 min 26 sec
Cokie Roberts
Akhil Reed Amar
Lesley Stahl (Moderator)

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Although America has yet to elect a woman to the presidency, many women have played important parts in shaping previous presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perception of women in politics. As part of New-York Historical's series Celebrating the 19th Amendment: 90 Years, this program looks back at the many influential and important women in the history of America's highest elected office, from political candidates and cabinet members to First Ladies and family members.

Speaker Bio(s)


Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, senior news analyst for National Public Radio, and the author of Ladies of Liberty. Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of America's Constitution: A Biography. Lesley Stahl (Moderator) has been a correspondent for "60 Minutes" since 1991 and is a former CBS News White House correspondent.

January 2011
Muller v. Oregon: Over a Century Later
January 27th, 2011
1 hour and 3 minutes
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg delivers an insightful lecture on the origins and legacy of Muller v. Oregon, focusing on the changing views of women’s rights and needs in the eyes of the Court, legislatures and the public.

December 2010
Lincoln, 1860 & Secession
December 2nd, 2010
59 min 34 sec
James M. McPherson
Eric Foner
Harold Holzer (Moderator)

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Three renowned scholars revisit one of the most significant, pivotal years in American history: 1860. Throughout 1860, tensions over slavery threatened to boil over into civil war and the supercharged Presidential campaign would very literally decide the immediate fate and future of the Union. Abraham Lincoln was elected in November; by the end of the year, South Carolina had seceded and the course of American history was irrevocably changed.


James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1989 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of many books, including most recently, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American SlaveryHarold Holzer (Moderator) has written or edited more than 30 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and served as co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.


November 2010
The Early Spanish Jews of New York
November 18th, 2010
55 min 56 sec
Louise Mirrer
Rabbi Dr. Marc D. Angel
Jonathan Sarna

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In the 15th century, the Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to leave their homes on the Iberian peninsula, fleeing the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition. In 1654, the first group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews arrived in New Amsterdam and founded the Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States. In this program, three experts discuss those early pioneers, the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora, and the history of Spanish Jews in New York.

Louise Mirrer is the President and CEO of the New-York Historical Society and has written extensively on the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora. Rabbi Marc D. Angel is Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Shearith Israel and the Founder and Director of the Institute for Jewish Ideas and Ideals. Jonathan Sarna is the Joseph H. & Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History at Brandeis University and Director of its Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program.

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