In the 15th century, the Jews of Spain and Portugal were forced to leave their homes on the Iberian peninsula, fleeing the tyranny of the Spanish Inquisition. In 1654, the first group of Spanish and Portuguese Jews arrived in New Amsterdam and founded the Congregation Shearith Israel, the oldest Jewish Congregation in the United States. In this program, three experts discuss those early pioneers, the Judeo-Spanish Diaspora, and the history of Spanish Jews in New York.
Douglas L. Wilson and Rodney O. Davis take a look at the legendary Lincoln-Douglas Debates and discuss their recent book, the most complete record ever assembled of the debates.
Prior to the Civil War, Robert E. Lee spent more of his adult life in New York than in any other state. He left us wonderful descriptions of West Point tattoos and cadet antics; of sleigh riding down Broadway; and of the tall ships...
Catherine Clinton, interviewed by Eric Foner, crafts a richly detailed portrait of one of our most complicated, controversial, and often misunderstood first ladies: Mary Todd Lincoln.
Benno Schmidt and Akhil Reed Amar examine Abraham Lincoln’s profound influence on the Constitution and the way we view America’s vital document today.
In discussion with Jonathan Alter, Lincoln historian Harold Holzer looks at a pivotal time for our sixteenth president -- the period between his election and inauguration -- while drawing comparisons to other presidents-elect.
Three renowned scholars revisit one of the most significant, pivotal years in American history: 1860. Throughout 1860, tensions over slavery threatened to boil over into civil war and the supercharged Presidential campaign would very literally decide the immediate fate and future of the Union. Abraham Lincoln was elected in November; by the end of the year, South Carolina had seceded and the course of American history was irrevocably changed.
It was the most intense and concentrated moment of the war, when handful of young men fought and won the most important battle of World War II, the loss of which would have meant the invasion of Britain, and Europe dominated and controlled by a victorious Nazi Germany that we can hardly even imagine. In this program, Michael Korda tells the story of the Battle of Britain, from the political background of the 1930s to the new military technology of the day to the battle itself.
The Global Financial Crisis has changed the political and economic landscape forever. But is it over? And are we on the road to recovery?
An in-depth discussion about the current global financial crisis and its parallels to past financial crises. Does it threaten another Great Depression? Three economic experts will shed light on the impact of the turmoil here and abroad.