Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is an acclaimed American historian with millions of avid readers of her daily newsletter called “Letters from an American.” She appeared at The Progressive Forum to discuss her book, Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, at Congregation Emanu El, Houston, Texas, October 19, 2023. 


SHORT: “How did you discover your talent?” The beginning of “Letters from an American” in 2019. (5:38)

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SHORT: Shocking realization writing the book, how close we came to losing our democracy. Particular moments. (3:52)

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SHORT: The special role of America's military in protecting democracy. (5:13)

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SHORT: The years leading up to declaring independence in 1776, what was happening in the streets. (4:48)

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SHORT: The Declaration of Independence, a grounding force for changing the Constitution. (4:23)


Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and an expert on American political and economic history. She is the author of seven books, including the award-winning How the South Won the Civil War. Her work has appeared in The Washington PostThe New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets. Her widely read newsletter, Letters from an American, synthesizes history and modern political issues.

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