Book Breaks in December: Lincoln, Reconstruction, and Asian American Histories

Since 2020, the Book Breaks program has featured renowned historians and authors discussing their new or otherwise cornerstone publications live with Book Breaks hosts and participating in Q&A sessions with home audiences.

In December, Book Breaks features historians discussing their books on topics including Lincoln and Reconstruction. 

December 4 - Kermit Roosevelt III on The Nation That Never Was: Reconstructing America’s Story

In focusing on the Reconstruction era, Kermit Roosevelt III offers a rethinking of America’s history.

Kermit Roosevelt III is David Berger Professor for the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey School of Law.

Sunday, December 4 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Zoom. Register here.


December 11 - Lucas Morel on Lincoln and the American Founding

Lucas E. Morel argues that the most important influence on Lincoln’s political thought and practice was what he learned from the leading figures of and documents from the birth of the United States.

Lucas E. Morel is the John K. Boardman, Jr. Professor of Politics and Head of the Politics Department at Washington and Lee University.

Sunday, December 11 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Zoom. Register here.


December 18 - Paul Escott on Black Suffrage: Lincoln’s Last Goal

Based on extensive research into Republican and Democratic newspapers, magazines, speeches, and addresses, Escott explores the vigorous national debates in the pivotal year of 1865 over extending the franchise to all previously enslaved men.

Paul D. Escott is Reynolds Professor of History Emeritus at Wake Forest University.

Sunday, December 18 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Zoom. Register here.



January 1, 2023 - Catherine Ceniza Choy on Asian American Histories of the United States

Asian American Histories of the United States is a nearly 200-year history of Asian migration, labor, and community formation in the US.

Catherine Ceniza Choy is a professor of ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Sunday, January 1 at 2 p.m. ET (11 a.m. PT) on Zoom. Register here.


If these books are of particular interest, we are pleased to highlight similarly themed sessions from our Book Breaks archive:

Van Gosse (Franklin & Marshall College) - The First Reconstruction: Black Politics in America from the Revolution to the Civil War

James Oakes (The Graduate Center, CUNY) - The Crooked Path to Abolition: Abraham Lincoln and the Antislavery Constitution

Roger Lowenstein (Journalist and Historian) - Ways and Means: Lincoln and His Cabinet and the Financing of the Civil War

Jane Hong (Occidental College) - Opening the Gates to Asia: A Transpacific History of How America Repealed Asian Exclusion