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American History

Conversations: John Rhodehamel, "America's Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination"

On this edition of Conversations, historian John Rhodehamel talks with host Dan Skinner about “America’s Original Sin: White Supremacy, John Wilkes Booth and the Lincoln Assassination.” Rhodehamel is the former archivist of George Washington's Mount Vernon and the former curator of American historical manuscripts at the Huntington Library.


Conversations: Julia Sweig, "Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight"

On this edition of Conversations, Julia Sweig talks with host Dan Skinner about “Lady Bird Johnson: Hiding in Plain Sight.” Sweig is an award-winning author of books on Cuba, Latin America, and American foreign policy. She served as a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations for fifteen years and she is a senior research fellow at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.


Conversations: Michael J. Gerhardt, "Lincoln's Mentors: The Education of a Leader"

On this edition of Conversations, Michael J. Gerhardt talks with host Dan Skinner about “Lincoln’s Mentors: The Education of a Leader.” Gerhardt is a professor of Jurisprudence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among his many credits, he has testified more than 20 times before Congress.

Conversations: David O. Stewart, "George Washington: The Political Rise of America's Founding Father"

On this edition of Conversations, David O. Stewart talks with host Dan Skinner about “George Washington: The Political Rise of America’s Founding Father.” Stewart turned to writing after a career practicing constitutional and criminal law in Washington, DC. He is a national bestselling and award-winning author of four previous books on American history and three historical novels.


 

Conversations: Michelle Commander, "Unsung: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition"

On this edition of Conversations, Michelle D. Commander talks with host Dan Skinner about “UNSUNG: Unheralded Narratives of American Slavery & Abolition.” Commander is Associate Director and Curator of the Lapidus Center at Harlem, New York’s Schomburg Center. The book features slave and abolition narratives that provide a bigger picture of slaves' lives and efforts to end slavery. 

Conversations: Lynne Cheney, "The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation"

On this edition of Conversations, Lynne Cheney joins host Dan Skinner to talk about “The Virginia Dynasty: Four Presidents and the Creation of the American Nation.” Cheney is the author or coauthor of 12 books, including six bestsellers about American history for children. Her bestselling biography “James Madison: A Life Reconsidered” was published in 2014.


Conversations: Larry Tye, "Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy"

On this edition of Conversations, Larry Tye talks with host Dan Skinner about “Demagogue: The Life and Long Shadow of Senator Joe McCarthy.” Tye is an author and journalist known for his biographies of notable Americans including Edward Bernays, Satchel Paige, Robert F. Kennedy and the creators of the Superman Comic. 


Conversations: Anna Mae Duane, "Educated for Freedom"

On this edition of Conversations, Anna Mae Duane talks with host Dan Skinner about her book, “Educated for Freedom: The Incredible Story of Two Fugitive Schoolboys Who Grew Up to Change a Nation.” Duane is Associate Professor of English and director of the American Studies Program at the University of Connecticut. 


 

Conversations: James Shapiro, "Shakespeare in a Divided America: What His Plays Tell Us About Our Past and Our Future"

On this edition of Conversations, James Shapiro talks with host Dan Skinner about about his latest book, Shakespeare in a Divided America: What his Plays Tell Us about Our Past and Our Future. Shapiro is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where he has taught since 1985. He has written several award-winning books on Shakespeare. 


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