Civil War and Reconstruction Era (1860-1877)

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    The Declaration Heard ‘Round the World

    The 1776 Declaration of Independence is one of the most universally well-known historical documents. American diplomats continue to promote the democratic values enshrined in its…

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    Commemorating the First African American Diplomats

    February 14, 2018

    In Person

    In commemoration of African American History Month, the National Museum of American Diplomacy hosted a program highlighting the little known diplomatic careers of Ebenezer Bassett and Frederick Douglass.

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    Eleanor Wilson's Passport

    While the way that passports look has changed a lot since 1887, their purpose has not — to identify an international traveler as a national of a given country. A 19-year-old woman from Washington, D.C. named Eleanor Salome Wilson was issued this U.S. passport for a grand trip that included stops in…

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    Civil War and Reconstruction Era

    In the Civil War era, Americans from all walks of life discussed domestic politics and foreign policy. Debates on slavery were at the center of international relations.

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    1871 Medal Commemorating George Robinson

    On the night of President Lincoln’s assassination, John Wilkes Booth’s co-conspirators attempted to assassinate Vice President Andrew Johnson and Secretary of State William Seward. The co-conspirators’ attempts failed. In the case of Secretary Seward, this was thanks to the actions of George Robinson, a soldier detailed to guard Seward. In 1871 the…

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    Diplomacy Classroom: Diplomacy and the Emancipation Proclamation

    May 24, 2022


    The National Museum of American Diplomacy’s Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann will help us understand the international implications of the Emancipation Proclamation and how America’s diplomats advocated its cause during the Civil War.

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    Diplomacy After Hours: Secretaries, Senators, and the Presidency

    January 27, 2021


    How has the road to the White House evolved since 1789? Join us for a conversation on the Secretaries of State and Senators who have run for President. The program will feature Public Historian Dr. Alison Mann, and Historian Emeritus of the United States Senate Dr. Donald Ritchie.