Prior to World War II, racial discrimination in the armed forces was severe, official, and widespread. The Army imposed a quota to keep the number of African Americans low and effectuated a policy that attempted to avoid situations in which a black service member could dictate orders to whites. The Navy limited African Americans to menial positions. The Marines excluded them altogether. However, by the mid-1950s, the desegregation of the armed forces was well underway, considerably ahead of similar developments in other sectors of society.
Today, disagreements in Congress seem heated and polarized, but historian Joanne Freeman reveals an era when tensions were even worse. Join us for the epic story of Congress in the decades leading up to the Civil War, when legislative sessions were often punctuated by mortal threats, flipped desks, and drawn pistols.
London and its metropolitan area are the sources of much of our own American modern architectural and interior design. Whether Arts and Crafts or metallic modernist, London’s designers of the 19th century paved the way for our 20th-century ideals of design. Join Barry Lewis on a journey through one of the world’s greatest cities.
Barry Lewis is an architectural historian who specializes in European and American architecture from the 18th to 20th centuries.
On the centennial of the signing of the First World War Armistice, join historian John Maurer for a unique event reflecting on the agreement and illuminating President Woodrow Wilson’s role in negotiating the Treaty of Versailles, the peace treaty that ended the war.
John H. Maurer, a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, is Alfred Thayer Mahan Professor of Grand Strategy and Sea Power and Distinguished University Professor at the Naval War College.
What is the fate of the American Republic? From the future of the Republican Party to the status of fundamental democratic principles including freedom of speech, a free press, and the rule of law, Americans are questioning what the future holds for our democracy in these tumultuous times.
Leading experts uncover the consequences of major legal issues triggered by the Trump administration’s policies, including controversies over Dreamers, citizenship and the U.S. Census, as well as the relevance and meaning of the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution.
Join leading historian Stephen Kotkin for a riveting talk on the current ties between the United States and Russia—with a special focus on the relationship between Vladimir Putin and Donald J. Trump. Learn how the current moment stands apart from recent history since the Cold War.
“Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors…”
The framers established standards for impeachment of a sitting United States president, but how has the text of the Constitution been interpreted and enforced throughout American history? Leading constitutional scholars debate what constitutes an impeachable offense.