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2017 Sep 20

 

History Forum

2017-18 History Forum

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• Purchase tickets online or by phone at 651-259-3015
• Series subscription: $84 public ($66 MNHS members) 
• Individual tickets: $16 public ($14 MNHS members) - available at the links below
• Reservations are required and will be confirmed when payment is received.
• All other confirmation materials will be sent via regular mail.
• Museum admission charged separately.
• No refunds will be given.

 

Original Intents

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 10:00am
 
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all fought to transform their former British colonies into the new country of the United States of America, but they disagreed profoundly about what kind of country it should become. Historian Andrew Shankman will speak about how Hamilton sought to build a republican United States that was completely incompatible with the republic that Jefferson and Madison envisioned. The two wealthy Virginians and the scrappy immigrant famously came to despise each other, creating two divergent visions of the U.S. that continue to be contested today.
 
Andrew Shankman is associate professor of history at Rutgers University and author of "Original Intents: Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and the American Founding."

Original Intents

    Saturday, October 14, 2017 - 2:00pm
 
Alexander Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison all fought to transform their former British colonies into the new country of the United States of America, but they disagreed profoundly about what kind of country it should become. Historian Andrew Shankman will speak about how Hamilton sought to build a republican United States that was completely incompatible with the republic that Jefferson and Madison envisioned. The two wealthy Virginians and the scrappy immigrant famously came to despise each other, creating two divergent visions of the U.S. that continue to be contested today.
 
Andrew Shankman is associate professor of history at Rutgers University and author of "Original Intents: Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, and the American Founding."

The Rise of Evangelical America

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 10:00am
 
Join historian Matthew Avery Sutton for a discussion of the rise of a colorful and charismatic group of radical Protestants in the early 20th century. Avery Sutton explores how this group felt the United States was besieged by Satanic forces—like secularism, family breakdown, and government encroachment—and took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how prophecies of Biblical end times made sense of a ravaged modern world. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated these evangelical ideas, challenging the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus.
 
Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor at Washington State University and author of "American Apocalypse: a History of Modern Evangelicalism."

The Rise of Evangelical America

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 - 2:00pm
 
Join historian Matthew Avery Sutton for a discussion of the rise of a colorful and charismatic group of radical Protestants in the early 20th century. Avery Sutton explores how this group felt the United States was besieged by Satanic forces—like secularism, family breakdown, and government encroachment—and took to the pulpit and airwaves to explain how prophecies of Biblical end times made sense of a ravaged modern world. By the 1980s, President Ronald Reagan and conservative Republicans appropriated these evangelical ideas, challenging the pragmatic tradition of governance through compromise and consensus.
 
Matthew Avery Sutton is the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor at Washington State University and author of "American Apocalypse: a History of Modern Evangelicalism."

The Immigration Problem, 1917 & 2017

    Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 10:00am
 
During the large-scale immigration of the early 20th century, many Americans feared that the foreign-born would steal jobs, lower wages, and threaten American morality and culture. After a national commission issued a study that implied certain types of immigrants might weaken the "American race," Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Acts of 1917 and 1924, two of the most restrictive immigration policies in U.S. history. Join historian Katherine Benton-Cohen as she discusses how this policy established a framework for modern immigration policy that has never been entirely dismantled.
 
Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University and author of "Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands."

The Immigration Problem, 1917 & 2017

    Saturday, December 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
 
During the large-scale immigration of the early 20th century, many Americans feared that the foreign-born would steal jobs, lower wages, and threaten American morality and culture. After a national commission issued a study that implied certain types of immigrants might weaken the "American race," Congress passed the Immigration and Nationality Acts of 1917 and 1924, two of the most restrictive immigration policies in U.S. history. Join historian Katherine Benton-Cohen as she discusses how this policy established a framework for modern immigration policy that has never been entirely dismantled.
 
Katherine Benton-Cohen is associate professor of history at Georgetown University and author of "Borderline Americans: Racial Division and Labor War in the Arizona Borderlands."

Women's Rights & Modern America

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 10:00am
 
Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. At the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston—referred to by Gloria Steinem as "the most important event nobody knows about"—liberal feminists endorsed abortion rights, the ERA, and gay rights. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly and conservative women rallied to launch the Pro-Family movement. Join historian Marjorie Spruill as she discusses the legacy of the rift between these two women’s movements and how it is still evident today in American politics.
 
Marjorie Spruill is professor of history at the University of South Carolina and author of "New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States."

Women's Rights & Modern America

    Saturday, January 20, 2018 - 2:00pm
 
Forty years ago, two women's movements drew a line in the sand between liberals and conservatives. At the 1977 National Women’s Conference in Houston—referred to by Gloria Steinem as "the most important event nobody knows about"—liberal feminists endorsed abortion rights, the ERA, and gay rights. Across town, Phyllis Schlafly and conservative women rallied to launch the Pro-Family movement. Join historian Marjorie Spruill as she discusses the legacy of the rift between these two women’s movements and how it is still evident today in American politics.
 
Marjorie Spruill is professor of history at the University of South Carolina and author of "New Women of the New South: The Leaders of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the Southern States."

LBJ, Nixon & the Making of Today's Supreme Court

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 10:00am
 
The Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s was the most liberal Supreme Court in American history. Yet within a few short years, new appointments shifted the court in a more conservative direction. Historian Laura Kalman will explore the court's shift and the fierce ideological battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s that reframed the Warren Court’s work in a negative light. She will also examine how the events of the 1960s and 1970s still impact the U.S. Supreme Court today.
 
Laura Kalman is a history professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara and author of "The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court."

LBJ, Nixon & the Making of Today's Supreme Court

    Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
 
The Warren Court of the 1950s and 1960s was the most liberal Supreme Court in American history. Yet within a few short years, new appointments shifted the court in a more conservative direction. Historian Laura Kalman will explore the court's shift and the fierce ideological battles of the late 1960s and early 1970s that reframed the Warren Court’s work in a negative light. She will also examine how the events of the 1960s and 1970s still impact the U.S. Supreme Court today.
 
Laura Kalman is a history professor at the University of California-Santa Barbara and author of "The Long Reach of the Sixties: LBJ, Nixon, and the Making of the Contemporary Supreme Court."

Sweet Land of Liberty

    Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 10:00am
 
Most histories of the civil rights movement focus on places like Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery. But battles were also fought on the streets of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul, where many whites believed that the absence of explicit segregation implied the absence of racial inequality. Join historian Thomas Sugrue as he explores the stories of Northern activists who challenge racial crises above the Mason-Dixon Line.
 
Thomas Sugrue is a professor at New York University and author of "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North."

Sweet Land of Liberty

    Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 2:00pm
 
Most histories of the civil rights movement focus on places like Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery. But battles were also fought on the streets of Pittsburgh, Detroit, Boston and Minneapolis-St. Paul, where many whites believed that the absence of explicit segregation implied the absence of racial inequality. Join historian Thomas Sugrue as he explores the stories of Northern activists who challenge racial crises above the Mason-Dixon Line.
 
Thomas Sugrue is a professor at New York University and author of "Sweet Land of Liberty: The Forgotten Struggle for Civil Rights in the North."