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December 4, 2022 - The Nation That Never Was Reconstructing America’s Story
In The Nation That Never Was, Kermit Roosevelt III argues that Reconstruction was not a fulfillment of the ideals of the Founding but rather a repudiation: we modern Americans are not the heirs of the Founders but of the people who overthrew and destroyed that political order. This alternate understanding of American identity opens the door to a new understanding of ourselves and our story, and ultimately to a better America. America today is not the Founders’ America, but it can be Lincoln’s America.
Roosevelt's text offers a powerful and inspirational rethinking of our country’s history and uncovers a shared past that we can be proud to claim and use as a foundation to work toward a country that fully embodies equality for all.
Kermit Roosevelt III is the David Berger Professor of the Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School.
December 11 - Lucas E. Morel on Lincoln and the American Founding
December 18 - Paul Escott on Black Suffrage: Lincoln’s Last Goal
January 1 - Catherine Ceniza Choy on Asian American Histories of the United States
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Book Breaks Archive
The Book Breaks archive contains over eighteen months of past programs from historians such as David Blight, Eric Foner, Annette Gordon-Reed, Peniel Joseph, Elizabeth Varon, and more. Still deciding whether to subscribe? You can watch Ada Ferrer’s talk on Cuba: An American History (winner of the Pulitzer Prize) below to help you make up your mind.