The Gilded Age in the United States was a precarious time for many: giant trusts began to monopolize entire industries, and Northern whites—in an effort to appease the South—were willing to sacrifice the rights of the nation’s Black population. Shaped by his own experiences and upbringing, one Supreme Court justice challenged the social norms of the time to defend the civil rights of Black citizens, immigrant laborers, and other marginalized communities.
As journalists for the Washington Post, Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward captured international attention with their investigative reporting on the Watergate scandal that culminated in the resignation of President Richard Nixon. On the brink of the 2020 presidential election and with the country once again in a period of political disarray, Bernstein joins us to reflect on both of these moments of upheaval in American history.
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Since the 1990s, Jeffrey Rosen has met with Ruth Bader Ginsburg to discuss both her political and personal life, gleaning priceless observations from the Justice about topics ranging from the Constitution to how to be a good listener to the #MeToo movement. Join Rosen, in conversation with Abbe R. Gluck, as he reveals a never-before-seen side of Justice Ginsburg based on decades of intimate conversation.
Renowned historian and author Jon Meacham, who delivered a moving eulogy at the funeral of President George H.W. Bush, revisits the life of the late 41st president as well as the lives of other influential leaders and visionaries throughout the nation’s history whose stewardship and actions have inspired the American spirit of liberty, camaraderie, and hope and brought the nation together in times of great uncertainty.
Historians delve into the life of one of the most important Americans of the 19th century. Journey with Frederick Douglass as he escapes slavery to become the greatest orator of his day and one of history’s leading writers and abolitionists.
Join acclaimed historians for a discussion of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U.S. presidents: Woodrow Wilson. Discover how Wilson’s liberal internationalism has shaped American foreign relations—for better and worse—since the early 20th century.
Pulitzer Prize winner and Alexander Hamilton author Ron Chernow delves into the life of another American icon: Ulysses S. Grant. In a story of bravery and infamy, Chernow presents a compelling portrait of Grant that reveals not only his monumental accomplishments as Civil War general and president, but also his lifelong struggle with alcoholism and his tenuous endeavors in business, uncovering all facets of his historic life.
Since the triumph of the American Revolution, liberty and justice have ruled as prevailing values in our society. The outcome of the arduous war for independence, however, was far from inevitable. Join author Nathaniel Philbrick as he explores the dramatic and uncertain Revolution, focusing on the tempestuous relationship between two of the conflict’s legendary leaders, Benedict Arnold and George Washington.