U.S. and World History

Media Literacy After Cable News

Media literacy and evaluating political media sources are the focus of this presentation that examines the key issues and impacts of political media.  By defining key concepts and models, this presentation investigates the strengths and weaknesses of traditional models for evaluating media literacy, as well as the technological impacts on political media.

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The Women of New France

In the seventeenth century, King Louis XIV gave orphan girls a dowry to help populate New France.  The girls became known as "les filles du roi," or the king's daughters.  Women, including Marguerite Bourgeoys, Jeanne Mance, and Hélène Boullé, and indigenous American women were some of the many, who as recipients of a dowry from the king, helped develop New France.  Similarly to the king's girls, orphan girls called "les filles à la cassette" were also sent to Louisiana in the eighteenth century.

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The Roots of Billy Graham

Billy Graham is one of the most recognized Tar Heels both nationally and internationally and had a significant impact on the 20th century. James Lutzweiler’s historical presentation frames the legacy and work of Billy Graham by examining the biographies, autobiographies and the many influences of fellow revivalists working both in North Carolina and nationally. This lecture also explores how North Carolina, in some respects, has become the buckle in the Bible Belt.

Confederate Women as Leaders and C.E.O.s: A New Destiny

Once Southern men marched off to war, women were called on to become the mother’s of invention and fill jobs men once occupied. The realities of war caused the roles of women to expand far beyond women’s work into areas never imagined. Those who remained behind, including free women, slaves, immigrants, poor farm wives, wives of workers, and the wealthiest one per cent, rose to every occasion and came together for the good of the men they loved.

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Camelot: The Myth and Mystique of the Kennedys

King Arthur, in the musical Camelot, heralds "Don't let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment, that was known as Camelot."

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Titanic: Ship of Dreams

"The people we study in history were once as alive as we are this very minute." Nothing holds truer than the 2228 stories to be found on the RMS Titanic. This presentation is a glimpse into the world of 1912 and the amazing people who boarded the most luxurious and largest ship in the world and sailed off into immortality. Having traveled to all the sites that have Titanic connections (Belfast, Southampton, sinking site in North Atlantic, Halifax, NS et al.), Dr.

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Sarah McGuirk, Orphan Train Rider

Orphan Trains resettled some 250,000 children from crowded eastern cities to rural areas of the United States from 1853 to 1929. The program, though well-intentioned, was not without its critics.

A lifelong history buff and family researcher, Wilson began a quest to discover how her great-grandmother Sarah McGuirk wound up in the middle of Illinois without any known relatives. With few clues to go on, the mystery was solved years later when rare documents were discovered in New York City.

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North Carolina as the Confederate Capital

   In the waning days of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis and the members of the Confederate Cabinet were forced to flee south, out of Virginia. Their train arrived in Greensboro on April 11, but the city was crowded with refugees, and the Cabinet was forced to sleep in a passenger car on a railroad siding.


The Race to the Dan: The Retreat That Won the Revolution

Charles, Lord Cornwallis—the commander of the British Army in the South—built a bonfire in February 1781. Mustering his men from their camp at Ramseur’s Mill in the North Carolina backcountry, he ordered them to burn everything—creature comforts, extra rations, even their rum—all but the bare essentials, starting with his Lordship’s own baggage. Cornwallis meant to move fast to catch the ragtag Southern Department of the Continental Army and crush them in a final, decisive battle.

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Understanding Black History as American History

African Americans have played an integral role in the creation and development of the United States from the colonial period to the present.  Since 1619 when the first twenty Africans were brought to the shores of the Chesapeake to the election of the nation’s first black president, black men and women have contributed to the economic, political, and cultural growth of the U.S.  Much of how U. S.

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