Ross Perot (1930– ) is a wealthy Texas businessman who ran as an independent candidate against Democrat Bill Clinton and Republican incumbent George H. W. Bush in the presidential election of 1992. Perot spent about $65 million of his own money on his campaign and appealed to Americans disenchanted with party politics. He built his candidacy around fiscal reform and the elimination of the deficit. In the election, Perot won almost 19 percent of the popular vote.
Sarah Palin (1964– ) is the former Alaska governor who ran as the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2008. Palin served on the city council of Wasilla, Alaska, and then as its mayor. In 2006, she successfully ran for governor of the state. Palin became a nationally known figure when she was selected as Republican presidential candidate John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 election. McCain and Palin lost the election, and Palin resigned as governor of Alaska in 2009. She remains in the public eye as a supporter of the Tea Party,...
This online exhibition of letters and audio, created by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and the Legacy Project, features correspondence from over 200 years of American conflicts, ranging from the Revolution to the war in Iraq. This exhibition uses the words of famous generals and lesser-known troops, as well as parents, sweethearts, and children, to explore such themes as leaving home, life in the military, the pride and worries of those left behind, and ultimate sacrifice.
Marc Dolan, an English and American Studies scholar at John Jay College, City University of New York (CUNY), discusses his new book, Bruce Springsteen and the Promise of Rock ’n’ Roll (W.W. Norton, 2012).
Julian Clarence Levi Professor in the Humanities and Director of the American Studies Program at Columbia University, Andrew Delbanco examines the evolution of the American Dream--the idea that anyone may rise above his or her station, regardless of birth. Beginning with the Puritans, Professor Delbanco traces the origins of the American Dream from the Calvinist fire-and-brimstone of Jonathan Edwards, to the swelling optimism of Emerson and Melville, to the present day.
Historian James T. Patterson discusses his book Restless Giant: The United States From Watergate to Bush v. Gore. He looks at the United States during the final quarter of the twentieth century, from the 1970s to the election of 2000. This is part one of a two-part lecture.