Lyceum continues with Heather Cox Richardson on Sunday

  • Heather Cox Richardson will speak at the Monadnock Summer Lyceum on Sunday. Courtesy photo

Published: 7/8/2021 3:00:20 PM

For all who wonder how America arrived at its current political landscape, the July 11 Sunday morning Monadnock Lyceum speaker Heather Cox Richardson will offer answers.

“What History Can Tell Us About the Present” will begin at 11 a.m. after Jose Lezcano’s guitar playing which starts at 10:45.

Richardson’s impressive education includes graduating from Phillips Exeter and earning both a B.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard. As an educator she previously taught history at MIT and University of Massachusetts at Amherst and currently teaches history at Boston College. She has also written six books, including “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America,” published in 2020.

Previously, in 2017 and 2018, she co-hosted the NPR podcast Freak Out and Carry On. Today she maintains a personal daily connection with Letters from an American, a nightly newsletter reaching tens of thousands. Each day she comments on daily news events and gives historical context.

Her books have included the following ideas:

In “The Greatest Nation of the Earth” (1997) she contended that Republican policies such as war bonds and the Homestead Act before and after the Civil War revolutionized the role of the federal government and laid the groundwork for the Republican Party’s shift to big business.

In “To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party” (2014) she extended her study of the Republican Party into the twentieth and twenty-first centuries and wrote that the party more and more tied itself to powerful bankers and industrialists.

In “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of American Soul” (2020) she argued that America was founded with contradicting ideals, with liberty, equality and opportunity on one hand and slavery and hierarchy on the other.

In a notable quote she gives hope for these turbulent times: “Three times before, in the 1850’s, 1890’s and 1920’s, oligarchs took over the American government and threatened to destroy democracy. In each case, they overreached and regular folks took back their government.”

Joseph D. Steinfield, a New Hampshire native who graduated from Brown and Harvard Law School and lived and practiced law in Boston for several decades, will serve as moderator. 

All programs in 2021 are streamed online and can be joined by going to www.monadnocklyceum.org. They are also rebroadcast at 7 a.m. and 4 p.m. on WSMN the next Sunday and on WMUL Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and the following Sunday at 3 p.m.


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