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defiance that we had. it was like, we are going to do this. it was an energy. were doing was really an extension of our contribution to the movement. i personally had worked at my undergraduate alma mater at bringing about the teaching of african-american history. sense-in and a demonstration, because there was not african-american history. we had something going on, a motivation. we had a movement in many ways behind this. i would like for you to just say something to the generation of people who are sitting here, some who have finished their degrees and they don't have a job. [applause] [laughter] going?did they keep on
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and also, what jaclyn said, are graduatingo thereve their degree, yet is somebody out there sitting on their interview panel saying, you are too politically correct. it does not matter if you are politically incorrect or correct, you know what they are saying. way, oring, is there a do you have one word, to say to the generation that is here, people going into the field, about why they should stay? why should they do the work we do? [applause] we are going to limit it to a word or two. >> yes, quickly, go to our
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website. the aha is trying to suggest that phd historians are useful in many places in our economy and society. there are many ways to be an historian. this is a deep cultural change that needs to take place, but this is what we are trying to do. quickly, the answer to the other question, i wanted to say that somebody asked about students having ideological clarity, i do not want my students to have a logical clarity. earlier, there was a comment about liking things that are a mess. the mess may be a little too much, but i don't want to give my students ideological clarity. that is not our job as professors. [applause] >> i would say two things. one is, find your allies. keep your allies with you. because we came out in a
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terrible job market. keep your allies with you, and why do you keep doing it? because you love the work. >> and with that, thank you. the organizers for this days.rdinary 2.5 thank you all. and thank you for your attention and participation. [applause]
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[captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2015] [captioning performed by the national captioning institute, which is responsible for its caption content and accuracy. visit ncicap.org] that concludes our live coverage of the african-american history conference. it was presented by the smithsonian museum of african american history and culture. in case you missed any of the panels, we will air the entire conference tomorrow night starting at 10:00 p.m. eastern on c-span3's american history tv. this weekend on "c-span: cities to her," we will explore the history and life of hattiesburg, mississippi. susannahv, author ural.
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her book draws on rare letters and diary entries from the civil keeping how important in touch was for those on the battlefield and their family members back home. toso many women were writing their man at the front saying, i don't know what you are fighting for, but you need to come home, because we have about 1/10 the crop we normally do, i just buried our youngest in the back, and we won't have anything left. announcer: and an examination of the vietnam war with author wiest, discussing the battlefields of vietnam, and what soldiers has to fight for upon their return to the united states. >> soldiers have been used as part of a morality play, as part of many things, but hardly anyone got to tell their story, who they were as young men before they went. the trauma they went through, it's great victories, it's funny
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times, it's horrible times. and what happened once they got home. announcer: in the slaying of vermin dollar at the hands of -- ku klux klan, held by anyonewhat reason did want to come and kill my daddy? they came as a result of orders from the head of the clan. they came to kill my whole family. announcer: and, learn about the summer of 1964, when volunteers from around the country taught african-american men in mississippi methods of nonviolent resistance, and encouraged voter registration. heldere were meetings throughout the city in various churches, preparing the residence and informing them of their political rights, and getting them registered to vote will stop -- registered to vote.
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announcer: watch throughout the day, and on sunday on c-span3. next, offer and wilbur laurier university -- wilfrid laurier university professor darren talks about the john birch society, a conservative advocacy group organized in the late 1930's. y inan tv interviewed mullo providence, rhode island. this is about 10 minutes. >> what is the john birch society? prof. mulloy: the john birch society is a political organization formed in 1958 in indianapolis, and has headquarters in massachusetts. it was very prominent in the 1960's in particular. >> what was the purpose behind the society? prof. mulloy: they were an
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anti-communist organization. thatopposed and feared communism would subvert the united states. globally, they opposed collectivism of all times, so they were opposed to many manifestations of the welfare state. they opposed what they saw as excessive governmental appearance -- governmental interference in the economy. in foreign policy, they wanted the united states to take a more active role in trying to win the ind war, to defeat communism cuba, vietnam, those cons of places. >> who was john birch? prof. mulloy: he was an american missionary and a soldier who was killed at the end of the second world war in china. the president of the john birch society discovered his story and
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firstfied birch as the victim of this world war. >> does the party still exist? prof. mulloy: it does. it is much smaller now than it was in the late 1950's and early 1960's, but it revived itself as heart of the tea party movement. it actually moved in 1989 to appleton, wisconsin, the hometown and final resting place of joe mccarthy, who so many in ,he birch society revered continuing the work of joe mccarthy in some respect. about the original members of the john birch society. who did it attracted? welchmulloy: rep. personally founded it in 1958. he was a former board member of the national association of manufacturers, and he invited
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people to create this new conservative group. it tended to be businessmen, x military officers, intellectuals. example, lawrence bunker, the former aide to douglas macarthur. founder is one of the richest men in canada, and the father of charles and david koch. ordinary members were basically ordinary conservative americans, as well-educated as anybody else. relatively young, 44 was the median age. they were people concerned about getting the government off the backs of the american people. that was one of the animated concerns of ordinary birch men.
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>> how would you describe the society's platform. prof. mulloy: more broadly, they wanted to turn back the advance of the new deal. they wanted to reduce the influence of the government in american life. they had conspiratorial believes, so they believed most dwight eisenhower was part of a conspiracy. they were proactive. like other organizations, they actually did things. when you got their newsletter, you would be asked to write a letter, signed a petition.

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