U.S. and World History

Three Landmark Cases That Changed This Country

With few exceptions, the judicial branch, most notably seen through the decisions of the United States Supreme Court, remains the lesser-known of the three branches of American government.  Despite this, the judicial branch holds an important place in America.  Throughout its long history, certain cases have placed the Supreme Court in the national spotlight. 

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Judging Nazis: John Parker's Nuremberg Journey

Dr. Joseph A. Ross examines the life and career of Judge John J. Parker, often considered to be a largely forgotten, but nonetheless important figure in both North Carolina and U.S. history.  Born in Monroe in 1885, John J. Parker joined the Republican Party at a time when the state was solidly Democratic.  Parker ran for governor in 1920, but an election loss led him to join the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals five years later.  Parker was almost confirmed to the U.S.

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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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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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After Appomattox: North Carolina Civil War Monuments, 1865-1965

A solitary Confederate soldier facing north atop a granite pillar guarding the county courthouse is perhaps the twentieth century South’s most recognizable image. However, this stereotypical depiction belies the complex and nuanced reality of North Carolina’s Civil War memorials. From the earliest carved marble shafts above mass graves of unknown Confederates to commercially produced soldiers still watching over many courthouses, the story of our state’s Civil War monuments is as varied as the war was divisive.

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