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Creation of Independence Mall: Dr. Charlene Mires

Charlene Mires discusses the creation of the space known as Independence Mall and Independence National Historical Park. Through her lecture you can experience the dramatic evolution of a few city blocks in Philadelphia through the 20th century.

The Building of Independence Hall: Dr. Charlene Mires

Professor Charlene Mires discusses the many histories of Independence Hall from Colonial State House to the present. She also discusses how Independence Hall has been involved in the creation of several national and civic histories.

African-Americans in the City of Independence: Dr. Randall Miller

Randall Miller shows how African-Americans coped with the harsh realities of antebellum Philadelphia by creating their own society within and apart from white Philadelphia. This society created away from white Philadelphia, gave African-Americans a sense of community that they would not have had otherwise.

Perspectives on the Civil Rights Movement in the North: Dr. Clemmie Harris

Professor Harris gives his perspective on the civil rights movement in the North during the 1950s and 1960s. This lecture was given at Independence Hall, an important site of protests during the civil rights movement.

The Liberty Bell: Dr. Gary Nash

Gary Nash discusses the evolution of the Liberty Bell from a statehouse bell into an international symbol of freedom.

Resources for National History Day 2017

This video highlights some of HSP's collection for possible topics for National History Day.