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Ferguson: How America's Past Haunts the Nation

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Annette Gordon-Reed, author of “The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family,” says the wrongdoings of America’s past continue to haunt the nation's present.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

An Illustrated Contrarian U.S. History Book

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ilan Stavans, Lewis-Sebring Professor of Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College, discusses his new graphic novel, A Most Imperfect Union: A Contrarian History Of The United States, an examination of U.S. history from a contrarian's perspective.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ray Suarez on Latinos in America

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

Ray Suarez, PBS Newshour senior correspondent, chronicles the history of Latinos and the ways they’ve helped shaped the nation. His book Latino Americans is the companion to the PBS miniseries, and it explores the lives of Latino American men and women over a 500-year span, from the early European settlements to the Wild West to the Cold War to the Great Depression to the civil rights movement.

The book is a companion to the PBS series Latino Americans, which premieres September 18, at 8:00 pm. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Noir Forties

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Historian Richard Lingeman examines the years between VJ Day and the beginning of the Korean War, describing how we went from hot war to Cold War, and from there to here. The Noir Forties is a reexamination of America’s postwar period, and it traces the attitudes, sentiments, hopes and fears, prejudices, behavior, and collective dreams and nightmares of the times.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The History of Trains in America

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Christian Wolmar and tells the extraordinary story of the rise and the fall of the American railroads, and argues that we should reclaim and celebrate our rail heritage. In The Great Railroad Revolution: The History of Trains in America, Wolmar tells how the opening of the first American railroad in the 1830s changed the way people lived. The railroads dominated the American landscape for more than a hundred years but by the middle of the 1950s, the car, the truck, and the airplane had eclipsed the railroads.

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How Much Do Americans Know About America?

Thursday, June 07, 2012

When it comes to American history, Americans are often on shaky ground. Even politicians can never seem to get straight which text "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness" appears in, let alone where Mount Rushmore gets its name, or what happens in the Bill of Rights after the fifth amendment. Denise Kiernanthe co-author, with Joseph D'Agnese, of "Stuff Every American Should Know," is trying to help set us straight.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Monday, December 26, 2011

Tony Horwitz talks about John Brown, the abolitionist whose raid on Harpers Ferry led to the Civil War. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War tells the true story of the raid—plotted in secret, launched in the dark, it was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, after Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War

Monday, November 07, 2011

Tony Horwitz talks about John Brown, the abolitionist whose raid on Harpers Ferry led to the Civil War. Midnight Rising: John Brown and the Raid That Sparked the Civil War tells the true story of the raid—plotted in secret, launched in the dark, it was a pivotal moment in U.S. history. Unlike most abolitionists, he was willing to take up arms, after Brown's capture, his defiant eloquence galvanized the North and appalled the South.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Us Now

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Novelist, historian and author Kevin Baker looks back over the 400 years of United States history while discussing his new book, America The Story of Us: An Illustrated History

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