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Utilizing presidential libraries and museums as the nation’s “crossroads” institutions where current scholarship meets public history and visitor expectations, this session examines various presidents who faced difficult race-related issues.

Discussions compare pre-Civil Rights era decision-making to presidents serving in the throes of the Civil Rights Movement.

Chair:
Frank Milligan, Director, President Lincoln’s Cottage

Presenters:
Thomas Culbertson, Executive Director, Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
Betty Sue Flowers, Director, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and Museum
Bob Wolz, Executive Director, Harry S. Truman Little White House State Historic Site

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