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Martha Sandweiss: Is There Anything More to See?

In this thirteen minute presentation, historian Martha Sandweiss challenges assumptions and some of the uses of Civil War photographs as historical documents. Although biased, unreliable, and unrepresentative, the images are mostly used as illustrations of events. .

Anthony Lee: Is There Anything More to See?

In this 15 minute talk, art historian, curator, and photographer Anthony Lee provocatively examines Civil War era photography by way of one case study. The discovery, in June 2010, of a supposedly rare carte-de-visite depicting two African-American boys began a contentious ordeal over the monetary and historic value of the artifact

Mary Niall Mitchell: Is There Anything More to See?

Historian Mary Niall Mitchell uses less known and difficult to understand photographs to discuss the use of photography as propaganda during the Civil War.

Racial Segregation and Education in Brooklyn

Craig Steven Wilder, professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, speaks to New York City teachers about the influence of school districting on the racial segregation of Brooklyn neighborhoods.

Frank Deale: A Brief History of Affirmative Action and CUNY

At the Professional Staff Congress's CUNY and Race Forum, attorney and professor Frank Deale provides historical context for issues surrounding affirmative action and the City University of New York.

Ellis Island: Place and Paradigm

Historian Vincent DiGirolamo discusses the historiography of early 20th-century immigration through Ellis Island.

Deborah Willis: Is There Anything More to See?

Professor, curator, photographer Deborah Willis discusses the pictorial record and a "new memory of photography."

David Ruggles, Radical Black Abolitionist, and the Reform Tradition in Antebellum America

Historian Graham Hodges discusses the life of David Ruggles, a radical black abolitionist living and working in New York City during the 1830s.

Grassroots Politics and Reconstruction

Historian Gregory Downs explains how grassroots political movements powered both the radical political possibilities and the ultimate violent defeat of Reconstruction.

Scott Reynolds Nelson: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Scott Reynolds Nelson presents three rarely explored aspects of the Civil War.

Gary W. Gallagher: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Historian Gary W. Gallagher discusses the concept of union in the nineteenth century and its importance in the Civil War.

Stan Deaton: Civil War Myths and Misinformation

Stan Deaton (Georgia Historical Society) discusses the challenges his institution is facing when discussing and commemorating the 150 anniversary of the start of the Civil War.

Immigrants of the Irish Famine (1845-1855)

Historian Carol Groneman, whose dissertation grounds the scholarship of ASHP's documentary "The Five Points: New York's Irish Working Class in the 1850s," looks at what happened when immigrants of the Irish famine came to the United States (1845-1855)

Teaching With Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

In this three-part video podcast, ASHP/CML's Donna Thompson Ray shares the benefit of her area of expertise with New York City Department of Education teachers in a discussion about the work of artist Jacob Lawrence.

Rethinking the Civil Rights Movement

Premilla Nadasen (Queens College, CUNY) examines the importance of women in the Black Freedom Movements of the 1960s and 1970s.

Women’s History, Women’s Activism: The Shirley Chisholm Center

Barbara Winslow (Brooklyn College) discusses the life and legacy of Shirley Chisholm, the legendary Brooklyn activist, Congresswoman, and presidential candidate.

“They Said It Couldn’t Be Done!”

  • Date posted: May 18, 2009

Former Tuskegee Airman Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. shares his personal history of race in the United States during World War II.

Freedom and the U.S. Civil War

Jeanie Attie (Long Island University) examines the significance of slavery to the people who fought in and lived during the American Civil War.

What’s NEW about the New Deal?

Gerald Markowitz (John Jay College and The Graduate Center, CUNY) describes how FDR's New Deal changed the relationship between the U.S. government and the people.

Land and Labor in the Era of Reconstruction

Martha Hodes (New York University) explores the many meanings of freedom that emerged at the end of the Civil War.

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