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Boston College Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson supplies her 1.2 million Substack subscribers with her interpretation of history and current events in her daily newsletter called Letters from an American. In her new book Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, Richardson argues that “America is at a crossroads. A country that once stood as the global symbol of democracy has been teetering on the brink of authoritarianism.” Still, Richardson remains optimistic about the country’s future. Kirkus Reviews said the book “show(s) her readers how history and the present are in constant conversation.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College. She has written about the Civil War, reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the American west in award-winning books whose subjects stretch from the European settlement of the North American continent to the history of the Republican Party through the Trump administration. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, the New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets. She is the cohost of the Vox Media podcast, Now &Then.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR
Jeffrey A. Engel is founding director of the Center for Presidential History at Southern Methodist University and professor in the Clements Department of History. He graduated magna cum laude from Cornell University. Engel also studied at St. Catherine’s College, Oxford University, and received his M.A. and Ph.D. in American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He taught American history, international relations, and grand strategy at the University of Wisconsin, Yale University, the University of Pennsylvania, and Haverford College. At Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government & Public Service he was a professor and director of programming for the Scowcroft Institute for International Affairs. Engel has authored or edited twelve books on American foreign policy.
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