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Jon Meacham


  A political song and dance

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham talks to the director and star of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson” about the show’s contemporary relevance.


  Andrew Jackson is back, ‘Bloody’ and a rock star

Andrew Jackson has a new constituency: Broadway musical fans. Jackson biographer Jon Meacham spoke with the director of “Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson.” Warning: Video contains singing and dancing.


  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.


  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.


  A Memorial Day at war

American troops have fought for nine years in Afghanistan and more than seven in Iraq, but many Americans hardly notice that their country is at war. That’s worth remembering this Memorial Day. An essay by Jon Meacham.

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