• 13. Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862
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    13. Terrible Swift Sword: The Period of Confederate Ascendency, 1861-1862

    Professor David Blight: This week you’re reading Hospital Sketches, the short and in some ways extraordinary little novel, written by Louisa May Alcott, based upon her–Louisa May Alcott of Little Women fame, if you happen to have grown up on that book, daughter of Bronson Alcott, a famous and extremely eccentric New England reformer and utopian–but she went to war, as a young nurse–couldn’t stay away–and she kept her sketches about her experiences of a young woman confronting the horror of Civil War hospitals. This is a photograph of–it is not Louisa May Alcott, I don’t think–of one of those young nurses sitting in a Civil War hospital in 1863,…

  • Credit Card Reform After the Financial Crisis: Rio Rancho Town Hall, New Mexico
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    Credit Card Reform After the Financial Crisis: Rio Rancho Town Hall, New Mexico

    THE PRESIDENT: Hello everybody. How are you? Hello! Hello, New Mexico! Thank you so much. Thank you. Thank you very much, everybody. Please have a seat, have a seat. Thank you so much. What a wonderful welcome. It’s good to be back in New Mexico. (Applause.) It’s always nice to get out of Washington for a while — (applause) — and come to places like Rio Rancho. (Applause.) The climate is nice, the conversation is nice, people are nice. It is just wonderful to be here. We’ve got a few special guests that I want to acknowledge here. First of all, a great friend, one of the finest governors in…

  • Bill of Rights Rap – Smart Songs
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    Bill of Rights Rap – Smart Songs

    Well, the Constitution took days and nights But the writers still had to go look at it twice ‘Cause the states that reviewed it said: Here’s some advice… It should guarantee freedom, yeah that would be nice So the founders said alright and wrote the Bill of Rights Yup, the first ten amendments are the Bill of Rights Well, the Constitution took days and nights But the writers still had to go look at it twice ‘Cause the people reviewed it said: Here’s some advice… It should guarantee freedom, yeah that would be nice So the founders said alright and wrote the Bill of Rights Yup, the first ten amendments…