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Before Hamilton Mania: Joanne B. Freeman on her Scholarly Obsession with an American Enigma

Before Hamilton Mania: Joanne B. Freeman on her Scholarly Obsession with an American Enigma

In this behind-the-scenes chat, Yale Professor Joanne B. Freeman discusses what first sparked her interest in Alexander Hamilton, why after decades of research this enigmatic founding father continues to fascinate her, and how she predicts “Hamilton Mania” will impact history. 

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Evaluating Evidence: A Conversation with Professor Joanne B. Freeman

Evaluating Evidence: A Conversation with Professor Joanne B. Freeman

Joanne B. Freeman, Professor of History and American Studies at Yale University, is a leading expert on early American politics and culture. In this interview she describes the essential role that primary source materials have played in her own research. She also discusses the lasting benefits of studying the humanities.

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Illuminating Our Own Moment: A Conversation with Professor Amy Hughes

Illuminating Our Own Moment: A Conversation with Professor Amy Hughes

Amy E. Hughes is Associate Professor of Theater History & Criticism at Brooklyn College (CUNY). In this interview, she discusses how the study of theater deepens our understanding of history and society; what happens in the classroom when students use these kinds of primary sources; and what the digitization of collections like Nineteenth-Century America Drama has meant to her.

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Teaching Students the Craft of History: A Conversation with Professor Stephen Aron

Teaching Students the Craft of History: A Conversation with Professor Stephen Aron

A leading authority on the American frontier, Stephen Aron is professor of history at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this brief video, Aron tells why primary sources resonate with college students today. Allowing them to make their own discoveries and learn the craft of history, he says, is critical to training students to be educated human beings.

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Immersed in Primary Sources: A Conversation with Professor Daniel Feller

Immersed in Primary Sources: A Conversation with Professor Daniel Feller

American historian Daniel Feller, Distinguished Professor at the University of Tennessee, is Director of “The Papers of Andrew Jackson.” In this short video, he discusses how digitized primary sources have helped to unlock new discoveries about the seventh U.S. president. He explains how using keyword search has been critical to his project’s continued success.

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