From battles over lynching and the policing of Black troops' behavior overseas during World War II to the violent outbursts following the Supreme Court's decision in Brown v. Board of Education, Jane Dailey and Randall Kennedy reframe our understanding of the long struggle for equality for Black Americans and examine how white anxiety about interracial sex and marriage found expression in some of the most contentious episodes of American history following Reconstruction.
The long and turning path to the abolition of American slavery has often been attributed to the ambiguities and inconsistencies of antislavery leaders, including Abraham Lincoln. Scholars James Oakes and Manisha Sinha uncover Lincoln’s antislavery strategies beginning long before his presidency, ultimately revealing a striking consistency and commitment extending over many years, all centered on the Constitution.
Harriet Tubman inspired generations of civil rights activists with her heroic work as a conductor on the Underground Railroad. However her extraordinary accomplishments encompass even more. Erica Armstrong Dunbar discusses Harriet Tubman’s full biography, including her advocacy for women’s suffrage, her service in the Union Army during the Civil War, and her experiences as an entrepreneur, nurse, mother, fundraiser, philanthropist, and wife.
The surrender of Germany to the Allied powers in May 1945 was only the beginning for the millions of people left displaced and homeless in Europe after the war. Exhaustive repatriation efforts settled some, but a million refugees still remained left behind in Germany. Join acclaimed historian David Nasaw as he illuminates the heartbreaking, and sometimes shocking, story of the Last Million as they moved forward into an unknowable future.
In recent decades, China has emerged as America’s most challenging strategic competitor. As the world’s most populous nation vies to expand its sphere of influence in the Indo-Pacific region, author Dan Blumenthal, in conversation with Roger Hertog, unravels the story of how China got to where they are today, where they will go next, and what that will mean for the future of U.S. strategy.
A free and independent press is critical to a healthy democracy—but that does not mean American presidents have always had an amicable relationship with the Fourth Estate. From George Washington to Donald J. Trump, presidents have quarreled with, attacked, manipulated, denigrated—and sometimes even jailed members of—the media. Scholar Harold Holzer, in conversation with presidential historian Douglas Brinkley, traces the clashes between chief executives and journalists throughout history.
What is the future of global geopolitics? The return of the great power struggle between the United States, Russia, and China signals a changing landscape, but will this displace U.S. global leadership? Author and scholar Matthew Kroenig looks to historical evidence to explore how democracies thrive during such rivalries and argues that the United States, despite challenges, is well positioned to maintain a global leadership role.
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