2015 Press Releases

The National Archives Presents Special Noontime Book Talks in February
Press Release · Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Washington, DC

The National Archives presents a series of noontime public programs in February. These book talks 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. Book signings will follow each program. 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.

Blessed Experiences: Genuinely Southern, Proudly Black
Tuesday, February 10
Watch live on YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
From his humble beginnings in Sumter, South Carolina, to his prominence on the Washington, D.C., political scene as the third highest-ranking Democrat in the House of Representatives, U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) has led an extraordinary life. In Blessed Experiences, Clyburn tells in his own inspirational words how an African American boy from the Jim Crow-era South was able to beat the odds to achieve great success and become, as President Barack Obama describes him, “one of a handful of people who, when they speak, the entire Congress listens.”

Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom before Dred Scott
Friday, February 13
Watch live on YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
The Dred Scott case is the most well-known example of a slave suing for freedom, but it was just one of many freedom lawsuits in the antebellum period. Legal scholar Lea VanderVelde discusses 12 never-before analyzed cases.

88 Days to Kandahar: A CIA Diary
Tuesday, February 17
Watch live on YouTubeUS National Archives YouTube Channel
Robert Grenier was the CIA Station Chief in Islamabad where he launched the “southern campaign,” orchestrating the final defeat of the Taliban and Hamid Karzai’s rise to power in 88 chaotic days.

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