Thomas Jefferson is best known as our third president and the primary draftsman of the Declaration of Independence, but what influences in his life led him to embrace the democratic principles that would be the foundation of a young American Republic? Historians uncover the ideals and complexities of one of the most contentiously debated Founding Fathers in our history.
The Spanish-American War of 1898 lasted only a few months’ time, but it had an indelible influence on America’s place on the world stage. Discover this important moment in history through the lens of the most famous regiment of the era: the Rough Riders, a crew of volunteer soldiers led by an ambitious colonel named Theodore Roosevelt.
Discover the almost unbelievable story of Marie-Madeleine Fourcade, the leader of the largest spy network in France during World War II. She was captured by the Nazis twice and escaped both times, and her agents provided the Allies with some of the most crucial intelligence of the war, including a 55-foot-long map of the beaches and roads used for the landing on D-Day.
The Cold War of the 20th century seems clear cut, in retrospect: a galvanizing competition to rally free and market-oriented societies against a godless communist empire. But the 21st century has brought about new, more complicated conflicts. Historian Stephen Kotkin examines U.S. relations with China, Russia, and Iran from the 1970s to the present.
America’s first female Associate Justice of the Supreme Court was confirmed in 1981, and in the quarter century that followed, her vote helped to reaffirm the core holding of Roe v. Wade and declare victory for the Bush presidential campaign against Al Gore. Join us as we explore the trailblazing career of Sandra Day O’Connor, whose decisions continue to influence us today.
While World War II raged overseas, the city of New York was flooded with refugees, servicemen, and politicians who joined an already rich tapestry of ethnicities, cultures, and ideas spanning the five boroughs. Discover how one of history’s deadliest wars transformed New York and forged the careers of New Yorkers such as Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, Robert Moses, and Langston Hughes.
Award-winning Eleanor Roosevelt biographer Blanche Wiesen Cook, in conversation with Douglas Brinkley, explores the close and sometimes contentious relationship between America’s longest-serving First Lady and one of the nation’s most revered presidents.