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National Topics

Topics are not in chronological order.

  • Voice of the Castaways: Alvar Cabeza de Vaca's Account of Shipwreck and Survival on the Gulf Coast
  • Incriminating Evidence: The Written Proof of Benedict Arnold's Betrayal
  • Thomas Jefferson: Father of American Cryptography
  • Abolitionism on Every Page: William Lloyd Garrison's The Liberator
  • Sequoya and the ''Talking Leaves": His Invention of Cherokee Syllabary Writing
  • Pictures Worth Thousands of Words: The Civil War Photographs of Matthew Brady
  • Confederate Use of the Telegraph at the First Battle of Manassas
  • Illustrated Indictments: William Marcy "Boss" Tweed in the Political Cartoons of Thomas Nast
  • The Camera as Communicator: The New York Slum Photographs of Jacob Riis
  • Yellow Journalism, Prejudice, and the USS Maine: The Role of American Newspapers in Spawning the Spanish American War
  • Hollywood History: D. W. Griffith's Birth of a Nation and the Subsequent Rise of the KKK
  • Recognizing Familiar Faces: Caricatures for Good or Ill of Famous American Presidents
  • FDR's Fireside Chats: The First Major Presidential Use of Regular Radio Addresses
  • Poignant Desert Message: The Still-Visible SOS of the Lost American Bomber, Lady Be Good
  • Written Attempt to Preserve the Peace: The Allies and the 1945 United Nations Charter
  • International Communications in Private Hands: The Appeal of Amateur Radio in the United States
  • The Coming Cold War: Sir Winston Churchill's "Iron Curtain" Speech
  • The USSR's 1957 Sputnik Challenge: Russian Threat and American Response
  • Let Freedom Ring: The Cold War Voice of Radio Free Europe
  • Radio Moscow: The USSR and its Cold War Use of Radio
  • The Birth of Public Broadcast Television: The Appeal of Culture in an Age of Sitcoms
  • The McCarthy Hearings: The Cold War, Television, and the Red Scare in America
  • The Role of Television in the 1960 Presidential Elections: The Nixon-Kennedy Debates
  • Telstar: The Advent of Intercontinental Satellite Communications
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962: Kennedy's Televised Speeches to a Worried Nation
  • Their Actions Spoke Louder than Words: The Freedom Riders and Their Legacy in the South
  • "The Medium Is the Message": Marshall McLuhan and American Advertising
  • "We Interrupt This Broadcast": Television Coverage of the Kennedy Assassination
  • "Tranquility Base Here-The Eagle Has Landed": Neil Armstrong's Lunar Broadcast of 1969
  • "Expletives Deleted": Nixon, Watergate, and the Secret White House Tapes
  • Bigotry Burlesqued: Archie Bunker's Role in the 1970s Sitcom, All in the Family
  • Alex Haley's Roots: Televised History and a Boost to African American Genealogical Studies
  • S. Eavesdropping Satellites: America's Eyes in a Hostile Sky
  • Ted Turner's Multi-Million Dollar Gamble: The Success of His 24-7 Cable News Network
  • "Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This wall!": The Presidential Impact of Ronald Reagan-The Great Communicator
  • "Thou Shalt Not?": Furor over Court Prohibitions on Posting the Ten Commandments in Public
  • Cable in the Classroom: The Use of Electronic Communications in American Schools
  • Network Coverage of 9/11: The Horror of Disaster at "Ground Zero" in Real Time
  • Cell Phone Messages of Love: The Last Recorded Calls of the Victims of 9/11