Although the American people have made great strides throughout history to achieve greater economic and racial equity, the nation continues to be haunted by the traditions of stratification and subordination woven into its very fabric. In a talk that stretches from the Founding Era to the 21st century, historian Heather Cox Richardson examines the origins—and persistence—of our contemporary political, social, and cultural rifts.
Heather Cox Richardson teaches 19th-century American history at Boston College and is the author of numerous books, including How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America. In 2020, she became the No. 1 individual author of a paid publication on the newsletter platform Substack.
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