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The Lessons of Crisis: Vietnam and the Cold War

Over a series of conversations conducted in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, some of the leading figures in post-World War II American politics and policy sat for meetings with members of the Duke faculty and others to discuss the history that they lived—and in many cases…

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Dean Rusk (Part 1)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk recounts his early life, American recognition of Israel, the Korean War, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
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Dean Rusk (Part 2)

Former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk discusses the Vietnam War and his relationships with Presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson.
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Robert McNamara

Robert McNamara, the former U.S. secretary of defense and president of the World Bank, speaks about the Cuban Missile Crisis, nuclear weapons, and how the nation's top public servants are trained, or not, for their work.
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Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos, staff writer at The New Yorker, discusses his reporting on Donald Trump and white nationalism during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Peter Hamby

Peter Hamby, head of news at Snapchat, discusses the changing media landscape during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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David Fahrenthold

Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold discusses his reporting on Donald Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Jay DeLancy

Voting-rights activist in North Carolina and head of the Voter Integrity Project, an anti-fraud organization in Raleigh
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Civil Rights and Voting Rights in North Carolina

A chronology of the fight for full citizenship for African Americans, from Reconstruction to Moral Mondays
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What is Rutherfurd Living History?

The Living History program is an innovative interview platform, oral history archive and media lab. We’re researching and creating new ways to use recorded interviews as tools for investigating, understanding and narrating current events and issues. The program is part of the DeWitt Wallace Center for Media and Democracy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy.


The Rutherfurd Living History Program's archives of newsmakers, news breakers, and more, running back to the early 1970s.

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Groups of interviews clustered around a topic, including voting rights in North Carolina and rural poverty in the South.

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Explore interactive timelines that connect and annotate the interviews on this site.

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