university. dr. magness specializes in the history of trade and taxation in the united states, and is the author of several scholarly works in 19th and early 20th century tariff policy. long civil war buff, his attention turned to the presidency of abraham lincoln after a discovery of the library of congress. it marked a four-year hunt for other documents culminating in his book, co-authored with sebastien page, lincoln and the movement for black resettlement. in addition to writing, dr. magness has programs at george mason university. he's also taught in public administration at american university. and international trade at gmu. also in his biography is something i find fascinating. he's an avid scuba diver, and plays underwater hockey. for the washington, d.c., and i love this name, beltway bottom feeders. [ laughter ] there's probably no end of applicants for that team. after dr. magness makes his presentation, rodney ross will come to read a poem of john willis menard that is very appropria appropriate. and there are print copies of it on the table outside. rod is an old friend and
way bottom feeders. there is probably no end of applicants for that team. after dr. magness makes his presentation rodney ross will come to read a poem from john willis menard. rod is an old and dear friend a great proponent of history. he is very active in a number of organizations including the illinois state society which joins the capital historical society which sponsors today's event. after rod we will have our third speaker dr. matthew wasniewski. he is the historian of the united states house of representatives appointed in october of 2010. he had served as the historian and deputy chief of the office of history and preservation and he's the editor in chief of women in congress and directs many excellent programs in preservation of records and the publication of historical documents and information pertaining to the house of representatives. and on a personal note that prior to coming to the house of representatives he worked at the u.s. capital and historical society. it's a great pleasure to have him on the program. so without further adieu, dr. magness. >> thank you. i'
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