Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson teaches American history at Boston College. She is the author of a number of books, most recently, "How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America." She is co-host of the history and politics podcast Freak Out and Carry On. Follow her on Twitter: @HC_Richardson.

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Trump’s statement is abhorrent, and we must certainly be prepared for chaos surrounding this election. (Photo: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Views
Friday, September 25, 2020
Trump: "We're Going to Have to See What Happens"
This week Americans were roiled by an article in The Atlantic , detailing the method by which the Trump campaign is planning to steal the 2020 election. The article was slated for The Atlantic’ s November issue, but the editor decided to release it early because of its importance. The article’s...
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The Battle of Bull Run, Battle of Bull Run, Va. July 21st 1861, Currier and Ives. (Drawing: Library of Congress) Views
Monday, August 03, 2020
Oligarchy and Democracy From the Civil War to the Present
ANNOUNCER: Welcome to Moyers on Democracy. If you want to understand this moment in American politics, here’s a suggestion for you: It’s the must-read book of the year — HOW THE SOUTH WON THE CIVIL WAR, by the historian Heather Cox Richardson. Yes, the Civil War brought an end to the slave order of...
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President Hoover signing the Farm-Relief Bill at the White House on June 15, 1929, providing for a $500,000,000 revolving fund to stabilize agriculture and stimulate cooperative marketing. Joining him are (left to right): Sen. Charles L. McNary (R-OR), Vice President Charles Curtis, Speaker of the House Nicholas Longworth (R-OH) and Rep. Gilbert N. Haugen (R-IA). (Photo by Harris & Ewing, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division) Views
Friday, December 08, 2017
The Republican Tax Bill Is a Poison Pill That Kills the New Deal
Shortly after President Trump took office, House Speaker Paul Ryan could feel just how close he was to finally achieving the goal he and his party colleagues had dreamed about for decades. With Republicans in uncontested power in Washington, he tweeted, they had a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to...
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