Although Theodore Roosevelt is often credited for his initial efforts in American environmental conservation, it was his distant cousin—the 32nd President—who upheld the vision of state-run systems for nature preservation. Historian Douglas Brinkley reveals Franklin D. Roosevelt’s legacy as the founder of the Civilian Conservation Corps and ambassador for the preservation of the American land.
Best known for his role in preserving the Union and destroying slavery, Abraham Lincoln also had both opportunities and obligations to confront, cure, or temper seething resentment against new immigrants to America. How the Civil War president responded, Harold Holzer suggests, may provide inspiration in the furious contemporary debate on immigration.
Harold Holzer, the author, co-author, or editor of 51 books on Lincoln and the Civil War era, is Jonathan F. Fanton Director of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College.
Experts discuss how the First Family has played a role in defining the legacy of 20th-century presidencies since Theodore Roosevelt. In our form of government we do not, as the British do, separate out the ceremonial functions assigned to the “royal family” from those given the “prime minister and Cabinet.” In our own peculiar way, we have evolved a system in which we have a president who “rules” and a First Family in the White House that “reigns.”
Four decades after emancipation and the conclusion of the Civil War, the dawn of the 20th century was an era marked by a rising tide of political disenfranchisement and social scorn for African Americans. Against the backdrop of the exhibition of Ota Benga, a young Congolese man displayed in the Bronx Zoo Monkey House, authors Pamela Newkirk and James McBride explore New York’s difficult struggles with race, prejudice, and discrimination.
How have Americans over the centuries thought about issues such as corporate rights, campaign finance, religious and racial equality, gun control, government surveillance, and affirmative social rights? Two renowned constitutional scholars discuss four American Bills of Rights: The Founders’ Bill of Rights enacted in the late 18th century; the “Second Bill of Rights” generated by the framers of the Fourteenth Amendment; the Bill of Rights the Supreme Court generally enforces today; and a possible fourth Bill of Rights that future Americans deserve.
Bryan Stevenson, one of the nation's foremost lawyers, has dedicated his career to defending the poor, the wrongly condemned, and women and children trapped in the farthest reaches of the criminal justice system. In an intimate conversation, Stevenson charts his remarkable journey to combat injustice and racial discrimination and explores how compassion can transform our courts.
Twenty-five years after the end of the Cold War, the United States is once again engaged in an arms race—only this time the armaments of choice are the very technologies on which modern civilization depends. Join Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David E. Sanger as he explores how nations that once embraced the airplane, the Bomb, and the drone see cyber technology as a weapon to be wielded in peacetime and wartime.