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: Creating the image of the cowboy to stand against the idea of “socialism," a term Confederate Democrats started using in 1871. (5:00)

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SHORT: Reagan begins hollowing out the middle class. Disaffected people become ripe for a strongman. Biden is reducing inequality in “one of the most transformational presidencies in history.” (8:41)

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Heather Cox Richardson in a Q&A with Progressive Forum founder Randall Morton. (1:08:47)

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Introduction of Heather Cox Richardson by Progressive Forum founder Randall Morton. (9:21)


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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