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Jon Meacham In Perspective


  In perspective: Jon Meacham on ‘Superlativism’

As the midterm elections near, Jon Meacham cautions us against the belief that everything that happens in our time is the “most” this or the “worst” that, as some pundits would have us believe.


  In Perspective: Religion in America

In this essay, Jon Meacham reflects on the remarkable tolerance of Americans after 9/11, offers lessons from his own faith and implores us to fight nativism as strongly as we fight terrorism.


  On government: A Jon Meacham essay

Washington is once again debating the efficacy of regulation and the role of the state. But as history tells us, America does best when the private sector is energetic and entrepreneurial, and the government is attentive and engaged.


  Lower Manhattan: Birthplace of religious freedom

Jon Meacham travels to lower Manhattan to explore the history of religious freedom there, in light of the controversy over a proposed Muslim cultural center near Ground Zero.


  In perspective: Dred Scott and the Fourteenth Amendment

Jon Meacham explores the roots of the Fourteenth Amendment in light of recent efforts by Republican lawmakers to end birthright citizenship in the U.S.


  Drawing parallels between Afghanistan and Vietnam

Jon Meacham calls upon Senator John Kerry to revisit a role he played 40 years ago, when Kerry took to the Senate floor to question the morality of the Vietnam War. Meacham revisits Kerry’s arguments and asks him to assess the war in Afghanistan.


  Hope and sacrifice

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers how past presidents have inspired national sacrifice — and what’s needed to revive hope for the present.


  When presidents could be bold

In this essay, Need to Know’s Jon Meacham remembers a time when our leaders could tackle the nation’s problems honestly and realistically.


  Dunkirk 70 years on: ‘We shall never surrender’

Jon Meacham reflects on the 70th anniversary of Winston Churchill’s Dunkirk speech, in which he rallied Great Britain and set the tone for candor in government.

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