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National Archives Hosts Special Daytime Programs in September
Press Release · Wednesday, Mar 5, 2014

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Washington, DC…The National Archives presents a series of daytime public programs in September. These programs are free and open to the public and will be held in the William G. McGowan Theater of the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, and streamed live on YouTube, unless otherwise noted. Book signings will follow each book talk. Attendees should use the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street, NW. Metro accessible on the Yellow and Green lines, Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter station.

BOOK TALK: The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that Changed the Nation
Wednesday, September 9, at noon
It's 1933 and George "Machine Gun" Kelly, one of the most celebrated gangsters of the era, set his sights on the easy-money racket of kidnapping. His target: rich oilman Charles Urschel. Joe Urschel, executive director of the National Law Enforcement Museum, discusses The Year of Fear, which is a thrilling, true story of gangsters and lawmen.

SCREENING From the Vaults: Nine From Little Rock & Wealth of a Nation
Thursday, September 10, at noon
We present two films from the motion picture holdings of the National Archives produced in the 1960s by the United States Information Agency. Nine From Little Rock (1964; 20 minutes) is director Charles Guggenheim's Oscar-winning short documentary on the integration of Little Rock High School in Arkansas. Written and directed by William Greaves, Wealth of a Nation (1967; 21 minutes) explores freedom of speech in the United States. The screening will be introduced by Christina Kovac, Supervisory Motion Picture Preservation Specialist

BOOK TALK: Jacksonland: President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab
Monday, September 14, at noon
Journalist Steve Inskeep's Jacksonland is the story of two men—President Andrew Jackson and Cherokee chief John Ross—who led their respective nations at a crossroads of American history and constitutional crisis. As Jackson set in motion the seizure of tens of millions of acres in the Deep South, Ross tried to oppose Jackson with the U.S. legal system.

BOOK TALK: Our Lost Constitution: The Willful Subversion of America's Founding Document
Thursday, September 17, at noon
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) tells dramatic, little-known stories behind six of the Constitution's most indispensible provisions and explains why some of today's issues are the direct result of how the courts, Congress, and the executive branch have minimized or ignored them. A book signing will follow the program.

SCREENING: Thunder Road
Saturday, September 19, at 2 p.m.
In this film that has become a cult classic, Robert Mitchum stars as a rural moonshine bootlegger who takes on both the U.S. Government and organized crime. Directed by Arthur Ripley. (1958; 92 minutes).

BOOK TALK: The President and the Apprentice: Eisenhower and Nixon, 1952–1961
Wednesday, September 23, at noon
In his latest book,Presidential historian Irwin F. Gellman reveals the strong partnership between Eisenhower and Nixon and discusses how Ike's administration worked and what they were able to accomplish.

BOOK TALK: The Constitution: An Introduction
Wednesday, September 30, at noon
Practically every aspect of American life is shaped by the Constitution. This vital document, along with its history of political and judicial interpretation, governs our individual lives and the life of our nation. Yet most of us know surprisingly little about the Constitution itself. In his book The Constitution, professor Michael S. Paulsen, one of the nation's leading scholars of constitutional interpretation, has written a lively introduction to the supreme law of the United States, covering the Constitution's history and meaning in clear, accessible terms, and provides us with the tools to think critically and independently about constitutional issues.

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