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The New-York Historical Society makes history matter every day by bringing you engaging educational programs, intellectually stimulating lectures, thought-provoking exhibitions, and fascinating stories in art and history that you never knew. As a public resource for learning, New-York Historical works to offer audio and video digital resources where possible. Our Media Page brings you select programs and events as well as fun facts and deep dives into topics about the history of the United States through the eyes of its cultural nucleus, New York City.


In the fifth video of our series, we present a poignant musical interlude: Bob Hope and two members of his troupe of entertainers, Jerry Colonna and Tony Romano, harmonize on a rendition of the ballad "If I Had My Way," serenading the troops on the battle-scarred Bougainville Island. 

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1 hour

The Constitution won popular approval in 1788, but that was just the beginning of the story. In the following decades, everyone from ordinary Americans to statesmen continued to wrestle with weighty questions left unresolved by the document, including border territorial expansion, the rights of Indian nations, and the proper role of the judicial branch. Acclaimed scholars Akhil Reed Amar and Richard Brookhiser engage in an enlightening discussion on the biggest constitutional questions of America’s early days.

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59 minutes

When did war first start? Will human nature always doom us to fighting one another? Renowned scholar and author Margaret MacMillan looks at the ways in which war has influenced human society: not only by shaping world history, but by playing a role in molding social and political institutions.

In the fourth video from our series, Bob Hope recalls some of the horrors he witnessed during World War II as he and his troupe circled the globe to entertain troops and visit the wounded. The experience created an enduring connection between the comedian and the young soldiers and sailors he met along the way: "I'd like to thank every kid in uniform for the honor of working for him."

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Biographers have long struggled with telling the complex life stories of women with outsized legacies. Michelle Duster, scholar and author of Ida B. the Queen: The Extraordinary Life and Legacy of Ida B. Wells, and New York magazine’s Irin Carmon, author of Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, join us to discuss the challenges and rewards of translating monumental figures and cultural icons like Wells and Ginsburg to public, intergenerational, audiences.  


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