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1/6: The Graphic Novel

Imagining a Dark Alternate Outcome of January 6th

with Harvard Law Professor Alan Jenkins

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Watch our latest webinar with USCHS Trustee and NPR News Senior Editor and Correspondent Ron Elving, who moderated a fascinating discussion with Harvard Law Professor and author Alan Jenkins about his groundbreaking new series, "1/6: The Graphic Novel." Written by Jenkins and New York Times bestselling author Gan Golan and illustrated by veteran comic book artist Will Rosado, "1/6" answers the question: What if the January 6 Insurrection had been successful?

This graphic novel chillingly demonstrates how strategic disinformation and extremism convinced ordinary Americans to undermine cherished constitutional values and support violent sedition. Inspired by speculative fiction such as 1984, The Handmaid's Tale, The Twilight Zone, and Parable of the Sower, "1/6" explores themes of autocracy, scapegoating, and more, all presented through a captivating, character-driven story.

By using graphic novels as a medium, "1/6" aims to encourage readers to engage in meaningful discussions about democracy and the need to protect our values. Additionally, "1/6" includes an Education and Action Guide developed by the Western States Center, a nonprofit organization that works with communities and organizations to strengthen democracy.

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Alan Jenkins is a writer, Harvard Law professor, and human rights advocate. He teaches courses on racial justice, strategic communications, and Supreme Court jurisprudence and is a frequent commentator in broadcast and print media. He is also a screenwriter, selected as a Blacklist/Google screenwriting fellow, and named a “2022 Top 25 Screenwriter to Watch” by the International Screenwriters Association.

Jenkins’s previous positions include President and Co-Founder of the social justice communication lab The Opportunity Agenda, Director of Human Rights at the Ford Foundation, Assistant to the Solicitor General at the U.S. Department of Justice, and Assistant Counsel at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.

Jenkins holds a J.D. from Harvard Law School, an M.A. in Media Studies from the New School for Public Engagement, and a B.A. in Psychology and Social Relations from Harvard College.

Ron Elving is Senior Editor and Correspondent on the Washington Desk for NPR News, where he is frequently heard as a news analyst and writes regularly for NPR.org. He currently serves on the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's Board of Trustees.

He is also a professorial lecturer and Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University, where he has also taught in the School of Communication. In 2016, he was honored with the University Faculty Award for Outstanding Teaching in an Adjunct Appointment. He has also taught at George Mason and Georgetown.


Bootleggers and Gangsters:

The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

(Webinar) Thursday, May 16, from 12 pm to 1 pm ET

The Prohibition Era, spanning from 1920 to 1933, marked a tumultuous period in American history with the nationwide ban on alcohol production and sales. Difficult to enforce and widely disobeyed, Prohibition lasted almost 14 years before the 21st Amendment repealed it.

Join us with author and historian Garrett Peck for another webinar in our Amendment Series to discuss the 18th and 21st Amendments. Known for his role in making the Rickey Washington, DC's official cocktail in 2011, Peck will draw insights from his book, "Prohibition in Washington, DC: How Dry We Weren't," which features compelling stories about the hidden world of speakeasies and bootleggers, including the intriguing tale of George Cassiday, the congressional bootlegger who inspired Green Hat Gin, and the vibrant jazz-infused nightlife of U Street.

Starting with the ratification of the 18th Amendment in 1919, we will explore how Prohibition gave rise to illicit alcohol trades such as rum-running, bootlegging, and moonshining. These trades not only satisfied the public's demand for alcohol but also transformed small-time street gangs into large-scale organized crime syndicates.

The massive profits from bootlegging allowed gangs to expand their operations, with mobsters like Al Capone and Lucky Luciano dominating the underworld and forming powerful crime families. Their activities, including violent turf wars and corruption of public officials, dramatically shifted the public's perception of the nationwide ban on alcohol. Ultimately, the rampant crime and public dissatisfaction led to the repeal of Prohibition with the ratification of the 21st Amendment in 1933.

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Garrett Peck is an author, historian, and tour guide in Santa Fe, specializing in adventure travel and historic and cultural interpretation. He leads the Willa Cather’s Santa Fe tour, among others.

The author of eight books about American history, Garrett’s latest is A Decade of Disruption: America in the New Millennium. He is currently working on a book about how Willa Cather wrote her “best book” (her words), Death Comes for the Archbishop.

Garrett has lectured for the Library of Congress, the National Archives, Smithsonian Associates, historical societies, and literary clubs. A native Californian, he graduated from the Virginia Military Institute and George Washington University and is a U.S. Army veteran.

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You're invited to a special symposium to commemorate:

The Centennial of Native American Suffrage


Thursday, May 23, 2024

9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Kennedy Caucus Room

Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, DC 20002

(Virtual) Livestreamed Video

You're invited to attend the U.S. Capitol Historical Society's Native American Suffrage Symposium on Thursday, May 23, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Indian Citizenship Act of 1924, which granted citizenship to all “Indians born within the territorial limits of the United States” and marked a pivotal moment in Native American history.

Join us for a day of engaging panel discussions and a lunchtime conversation, where we will explore the impact of the Indian Citizenship Act, the evolution of Native American suffrage, and the ongoing efforts to protect and preserve Native American voting rights. The event features three panel discussions and a lunchtime conversation with leading scholars and practitioners, representing a balance of federal, academic, tribal, and advocacy perspectives, along with a diversity of regional viewpoints.

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Confirmed Speakers

This hybrid event will feature panels led by prominent scholars and practitioners, exploring Native American citizenship, suffrage, and sovereignty from historical and contemporary angles. The lineup includes federal, academic, tribal, and advocacy viewpoints to provide an enriching discussion and promote a better understanding of Native American issues.

We are still in the process of confirming additional panelists for this symposium. Thank you for your patience as we finalize the lineup for this important event.

David J. Silverman, PhD

Professor of History

George Washington University

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Lila Teeters Knolle, PhD

Lecturer on History and Literature

Harvard University

John Echohawk

Executive Director

Native American Rights Fund

The Honorable Bryan Newland

Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs

The Honorable Kevin Gover

Undersecretary for Museums and Culture at the Smithsonian Institution

Dawson Her Many Horses

Managing Director at Wells Fargo

Elizabeth Hidalgo Reese, Yunpoví (Tewa: Willow Flower)

Assistant Professor of Law

Stanford Law School

Larry Wright, Jr.

Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians

Panel Discussions

Native American Citizenship, Suffrage, and Sovereignty in History

  • Historians will discuss the history of Native American citizenship, suffrage, and sovereignty in the United States as it relates to and beyond the Snyder Act.

Representation in National and Local Narratives

  • A lunchtime conversation with individuals in community-facing roles about Native American representation in predominant national narratives.

Suffrage, Activism, & the Law Today

  • Panelists will discuss contemporary suffrage, activist, and legal efforts today made by Native American groups. This panel asks: what challenges to suffrage still exist and how are communities advocating for and creating change?

Sovereignty in the 21st Century

  • Panelists will reflect on Native American sovereignty in the 21st Century. This panel will bring together leaders in their respective fields to discuss shifting relationships between Tribal Nations and the Federal Government.

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Watch the Society's insightful webinars on Native American history!

Native Warrior: A Conversation with One of the Last Living Navajo Code Talkers

Dr. Joseph Bruchac discusses "Rez Dogs"

The History and Mythology of the "First Thanksgiving"

Upcoming Congressional Briefings

The AHA’s Congressional Briefings series seeks to provide Congressional staff members, journalists, and other members of the policy community with the historical context essential to understanding contemporary issues. The sessions are strictly nonpartisan and avoid advancing particular policy prescriptions or legislative agendas.

Historical Perspectives on Gerrymandering

Thursday, May 16, 9 a.m. ET - Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2060

Panelists Joanne Freeman (Yale Univ. and  U.S. Capitol Historical Society's Council of Scholars), Nancy Beck Young (Univ. of Houston), and Julian Zelizer (Princeton Univ.) will provide historical context on gerrymandering. James Grossman (American Historical Association) will serve as moderator. A breakfast spread and coffee will be served. 

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The Supreme Court Historical Society Presents:

The National Heritage Lecture

To Commemorate the 70th Anniversary of

Brown v. Board of Education

(In-person) May 21, 2024 at 6:00 pm (EST)

Location: Supreme Court of the United States

Join the Supreme Court Historical Society for a captivating lecture by Judge Richard Gergel as he discusses his book, Unexampled Courage: The Blinding of Sgt. Isaac Woodard and the Awakening of President Harry S. Truman and Judge J. Waties Waring. Following the lecture, engage in a thought-provoking conversation between Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson and Judge Richard Gergel.

Tickets are $100 each

A reception will follow

Advanced reservations are required

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Judge Richard Gergel is a District Court Judge on the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina. He was nominated to the Court in 2009 by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2010. He holds a B.A. and J.D. from Duke University.

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United States. She was nominated to the Court in 2022 by President Joseph R. Biden and confirmed the same year. She holds a B.A. and J.D. from Harvard University.

The National Heritage Lecture was established in 1991 by the Supreme Court Historical Society, the United States Capitol Historical Society, and the White House Historical Association. Its purpose is to enhance the knowledge and appreciation of the American system of government and the principles upon which it was founded. Hosted in turn by each of the three historical societies, the National Heritage Lecture explores one of the three branches of government and the momentous events and personalities associated with its history.

2022 Bethune Symposium

Watch CSPAN's video recording of our 2022 Bethune Symposium, celebrating the remarkable life and legacy of educator and civil rights activist Mary McLeod Bethune. This event commemorated the dedication of a statue in her honor by the U.S. Congress on July 13, 2022, as part of the National Statuary Hall Collection.

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Recent USCHS Webinars

Under the Dome with the 10th Architect of the Capitol, Alan Hantman

Watch our latest webinar featuring Alan Hantman, the 10th Architect of the Capitol from 1997 to 2007, to discuss his upcoming book, "Under the Dome: Politics, Crisis, and Architecture at the United States Capitol." Together, we explored how the Capitol building underwent numerous renovations and expansions under Hantman's guidance as the official entrusted with preserving and enhancing this historic landmark and the surrounding grounds of Capitol Hill.

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Exploring the 17th Amendment:

The Journey to Direct Senate Elections

Watch our latest webinar with Katherine A. Scott, PhD from the U.S. Senate Historical Office to learn about the 17th Amendment. Ratified on April 8, 1913, the 17th Amendment made the Senate more democratic, responsive, and representative by directly electing senators, and correcting flaws in the political system. Dr. Scott details the Amendment's journey, its effects on American politics, and its role in reshaping the dynamics between state and federal powers.

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Explore USCHS' Constitutional Amendment Video Series!

Discover the captivating stories of intense struggle, debate, and moments of unity that helped shape our democracy. Learn how the U.S. Constitution functions as a living, breathing document capable of safeguarding our rights and freedoms through centuries of change.

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Featured Resources for Every Classroom

Explore our "We the People" Hub for free lesson plans, classroom activities, primary source analysis, and more! These foundational resources are crucial for understanding the U.S. Constitution and the three branches of government, making them essential for any civics curriculum.

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U.S. Capitol History Tours

The Society offers historian-led tours as a benefit of our membership program. Led by our knowledgeable guides, our tours provide a fascinating behind-the-scenes glimpse into the history and significance of the iconic Capitol building.

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Revisit Our Recent History Webinars

Missed one of our webinars? No worries! Simply head over to our YouTube channel, where we have recordings of each webinar readily available for your enjoyment.

Join our live webinars for the opportunity to participate in dynamic Q&A sessions with our speakers.

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How You Can Help

Your support is vital in promoting informed citizenship and preserving our history. Whether you join the Society as an annual Member or make a tax-deductible donation, your contribution makes a lasting impact. Discover ways to maximize your support for the Society now!

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The James Agrippa Morrill Memorial Fund

The Morrill family established the James Agrippa Morrill Memorial Fund in memory of Jim Morrill, a devoted USCHS volunteer. The fund will support the Society's civic education efforts, including our We the People Constitution Program, providing middle school students in D.C. with an immersive learning experience centered around the Constitution.

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