• May 19, 2017  

    New Orleans is the latest city to start taking down historical but controversial monuments that many say celebrate slavery and the Confederacy. Angry opponents see the move as suppressing or rewriting history in the service of political correctness. William Brangham talks to Walter Isaacson of the Aspen Institute and Bryan Stevenson of the Equal Justice Initiative. Continue reading

  • April 15, 2015  

    President Abraham Lincoln died 150 years ago, just days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox, ending the Civil War after four years. To discuss the lasting effects of both events, Jeffrey Brown talks to Martha Hodes, author of “Mourning Lincoln,” James McPherson, author of “The War That Forged a Nation,” and Isabel Wilkerson, author of “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Continue reading

  • February 16, 2015  

    Robert E. Lee was the son of a Revolutionary War hero who was a trusted aide to George Washington. In 1861, after 25 years in the U.S. Army, Lee turned down an offer to command Union forces in the Civil War. That decision is the subject of a new book, “The Man Who Would Not Be Washington.” Judy Woodruff talks to author Jonathan Horn about choices that change history. Continue reading

  • January 16, 2009  

    Jesse J. Holland, author of “Black Men Built the Capitol: Discovering African American History in and around Washington, D.C.” reflects on the poignancy of Barack Obama’s inauguration in a city that was built partially by slaves. Continue reading