In this video, Heather introduces herself and her background in the discipline of American Studies. She discusses why history matters, and why she is motivated her. Today she answered questions on the 1918 Spanish flu, on whether Trump could delay the 2020 election, fake news, and political polarization.
Heather answered three questions today: 1) Can Trump cancel the election, 2) what is the history of the electoral college, and 3) what might life be like after coronavirus?
Heather discussed the founding story in the American West of the rugged outdoorsman taking on ‘savages’ and advancing civilization, and further how propagation of this story required the development of racial hierarchies, in a way similar to the South.
In today’s session, Heather answered questions related to Trump’s hostility towards the post office, the history of 3rd party voting, whether Trump can force states to open back up, trade-offs between liberty and safety in our current situation, and comparisons of the current economy to the that of the 1930’s.
Heather discussed the period of Reconstruction, with the ascent of Andrew Johnson after the death of Lincoln, Johnson's generally lenient policies towards the South, violence in the South after the civil war, the appearance of “black codes” and the establishment of the Freedmen's bureau.
In today's chat, Heather covered the following topics: 1. Executive orders; 2) how Trump evades checks and balances, even as he seems to incite violence against states; 3) trade-offs between liberty and safety; 4) debt and deficits; and 5) why Americans seem to reject evidence and allow oligarchs to stay in power.
The American paradox series continues with a further account of the late nineteenth century. Heather discusses political movements and alliances in the last part of the 19th century, with a particular focus on the West
In this chat, HCR answered the following questions: 1) Is there any truth to voter fraud? 2) Why is the department of justice in the executive branch?; Why doesn't the US have national healthcare? What her thoughts about sexual misconduct charges against Joe Biden? and what about states rights vs federal government?
In today's chat, HCR discussed why the US didn't become an oligarchy in the late 19th and early 20th century
HCR covered : the relationship between Catholic church and the Republican party, starting in the 70's; the possibility of another constitutional convention; whether a fully Democratic Congress could curtail recent abuses of power; and how the Judicial branch has changed the American landscape
This was a conversation between historians Joanne Freeman and Heather Cox Richardson sponsored by the Brookyln Historical Society.
The topic of the American paradox (equality for some depends on inequality for others) continued in this chat, with an examination of the idea of the individual as the nation transitioned from the early 20th century to it's middle and beyond.
HCR covered whether she has a liberal bias, recent Supreme Court cases relating to Presidential oversight, long-term consequences of court appointments, Flynn charges and Obamagate, anti-Asian sentiments, and whether she is discouraged about the future.
HCR covered Reaganomics, voodoo economics, the strategy of tax cuts and who benefited from these, the Reagan doctrine, the importance of Norquist and Gingrich, Limbaugh, Ailes and right-wing media, the K-street project, economic inequality, the militia movement, the Overton window, political 'purity' tests, how Clinton scandals were developed, voter suppression, and recent judicial nominees.
HCR covered: 1) why discussions about any government program related to social welfare often get framed as 'socialism', 2) the history of the office of the inspector general, 3) her thoughts about Trump's threatened withdrawal of WHO funding, 4) how to negotiate our current polarization.
Today HCR concluded her American paradox series by continuing where she left off last time with the Right's reaction to the liberal consensus ultimately leading to the ascendancy of Trump.
Today HCR spoke about 1) impact of the 1918 pandemic on the election that year; Ford's pardon of Nixon; ideology and compromise in politics; ideology vs principles; Social media manipulation and fake news
The Harvard Bookstore (virtually) hosted a chat between HCR and historian Lindsay Chervinsky, author of The Cabinet: George Washington and the Creation of an American Institution.
HCR discussed Jourdon Anderson's letter to his former owner, to illustrate how historians analyze such documents
HCR spoke about violence, the state, and presidential powers
HCR began a new series on the history of the Republican party, which will loosely follow her book "To Make Men Free", whose table of contents can be viewed here. Today, she covered the period from the founding of the Republic to the time just prior to the civil war.
HCR discusses why boomers who were for civil rights in the 1960s didn't seem to have a lasting impact; why DC is not a state; why a single senator can block bills; Why Mitch McConnell has so much power; and some other titbits
HCR discussed challenges Lincoln faced when he took power; reactions of politicians in Southern states; financial implications of secession and the civil war; the response of Lincoln and the Republicans; various important acts of Congress; and the 13th amendment
Today Dr HCR addressed: 1) history of taxation and related topics 2) confederate statues and why Grant’s leniency paved the way so the southern could spin their own story, and 3) successful efforts at voter suppression
Reconstruction Roots of Republican Party in the early stages of America, while trying to side step “equality” to benefit essentially an oligarchy instead of Every American
HCR covered: 1) the history of policing and police departments, 2) media as propaganda, and 3) the position of women in society
History of the republican party, citing the change from Reconstruction years to Big business.
HCR discussed treason, why Obama wasn't more aggressive about Russian interference in 2016, what could happen if Trump withdraws from the election, and Native American mascots.
Republican Party in the late 19th Century partnering with Big Business
HCR discussed the electoral college and the possibility of Trump gaming the system; did Lincoln steal his nomination and/or election; Biden's sudden surge; Trump's "saving" of the lobster industry, cancel culture, and campaign financing.
History of the Republican party after the election of 1896
HCR spent the entire hour chatting about two things: the history of campaign financing and of abortion rights debates.
Republican party From the pro business politicians up to the election of Woodrow Wilson
Today, HCR took us through the historical differences between the military and Homeland Security. She addressed what’s happening in Portland now, the executive orders written, and her suggestions for what we can do. A second subject was the Republican Party’s about face on Russia, and the involvement of Manafort.
HCR covers the period from the 1920's to the 1940's
HCR discusses #1 Trump campaign attempting to change the narrative of the campaign with actions this week in Portland; #2 HCR reviewed Waco, Ruby Ridge and federal responses; #3 Russian bounty scandal; #4 if trump refuses to leave office.
HCR covers the era from Einsenhower to Nixon, including the McCarthy hearings
HCR covers: 1) the importance of sustaining the USPS; 2) crisis in child care, with history back to settlement houses, and the 1971 comprehensive child care act that Nixon vetoed; 3) Biden VP selection; and 4)Russia bounty scandal.
HCR covered the time from Eisenhower through Reagan, and a new ideological turn in the Republican party
Questions today: 1) why is no one stopping Trump, 2) Kamala Harris, 3) census, 4) payroll tax holiday proposal, 5) how to counter misinformation, 6)Hunter Biden, 7) things HCR is hopeful about
Todays talk was a dive into the 1960s and the development thru resignation of Richard M. Nixon
Today: 1) Postmaster General DeJoy, 2) Susan B Anthony pardon, and 3) the Senate Select Committee of Intelligence report.
Nixon resignation, Gerald Ford pardons, Moral Majority, Reagan Doctrine, Grover Norquist, and Rush Limbaugh
Today’s main question was about Republican platform Then the power went out
Iran Contra through end of Reagan years
Social security and payroll taxes; updates to changes at Voice of America; how the terms “right” and “left” came to be
Clinton years from the Republican perspective
republic v. democracy; electoral college; campaign financing; Nixon supporters; rise of Republican influencers
Republican party based on the 2000 election, which includes their handling of 9/11
Republican party from the midterm elections of 2004, through the Gulf War, into the Obama years.
SCOTUS, Trump's witholding of funds from cities, 1619 project
Republican party during the time of President Obama
SCOTUS requirements, Amy Coney Barrett, impeachment of Supreme Court justice, 1st amendment and lying, Trump tax returns, arresting a sitting president, military service and the president, partisan divide
How Republicans transitioned from the Lincoln belief system to current day definition of Republicans.
Trump's health and the press, history of secret service, voter suppression, abortion, EPA
Review of the statement of Senator Mike Lee regarding his theory on Democracy
Media bias, the constitution, and elections
Hunter Biden, Russia, Clinton emails, Trump crimes, and voter supression
The mechanics of democracy and the civil service
Polls, Election and the Court
Pandemic, elections, ideology, supreme court and federalism
Counting the votes, challenges, and key states in the election
Pompeo comment re transition, coup?, Mitch McConnell, Ron Johnson and Russians, polling, transition from Trump to Biden
An extra day of questions, in this slot normally for history chat
Assault on the electoral system, authoritarianism, Lindsey Graham, institutions and the President, rise of spirituality
A government by the people, for the people, is not Marxism
Can Trump be Pardoned?; SCOTUS district reassignments; Trump and the GOP; Open Skies Treaty; Biden's cabinet; What's important going forward
Origins of American holidays and tradition
Election shenanigans, priority recognition, Biden cabinet, Trump 2024, Trump and Russia, Fairness Doctrine
The latter part of the 19th century
Texas lawsuit, GOP leadership and election results, GOP and treason, Georgia and the Senate, vaccine, military coup, craziest time in America
After the Civil War
Jenna Ellis, House GOP and Texas lawsuit, Trump and the crisis of the last 4 years, Kamala Harris and the senate, Barr, Biden's initial steps
Andrew Johnson, the freedmen's bureau and new amendments
American democracy in early 19th century, Andrew Jackson, transportation, election of 1877, social security
After Reconstruction, the US struggles to figure out who is “included” in the government, particularly with respect to Native and African Americans
January 6 Capitol event
Post Civil War society questions who gets to have a say in Society, which changes the structure of the United States Government
Widening of voter franchise in the latter 19th century, redistribution of wealth for White Americans, and development of fear of lower class workers, immigrants, and African Americans.
How tariffs and business plays a role in the late 1800’s including the Civil War years.
How indigenous history factors into the Civil war and therefore Reconstruction