NYU Professor of the Humanities Thomas Bender argues that the idea of American exceptionalism has hobbled the study of American history. Bender traces the study of history from the "men of letters" historians of the nineteenth century up to the present, and explains why a more worldly history curriculum would help students to better understand events throughout American history.
In this lecture, historian Philip D. Morgan compares the Lowcountry and Chesapeake slave cultures and reveals much about the way of life of some of the earliest African Americans. Although South Carolina in the eighteenth century was built by slave labor, Virginia only began to "recruit" slaves in large numbers at the beginning of that century. Consequently, there were substantial differences in the black cultures that emerged in the two regions.
Kevin Phillips is the author of eight books, a journalist and a national elections commentator for CBS News during l988, 1992 and 96 presidential elections
In the Cousins’ Wars, Phillips poses the question, how did Anglo-America (Great Britain and the United states) become the global power by the late nineteenth century. He finds the answer to this overarching question by analyzing the causes and results of three critical wars: the English Civil War in 1640, the American Revolution, and the American Civil War. Philips marshals facts and events to show that these wars were a “crucible" of thought which British and Americans hammered out competing religious, ethnic, and social alliances to seize and maintain first place among the nations of the world.