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Robert E. Lee

Robert E. Lee: America’s Most Gallant, Decorated Traitor

Robert E. Lee was one of the most confounding figures in American history. From Lee’s betrayal of his nation to defend his home state and uphold the slave system he claimed to oppose, to his traitorous actions against the country he swore to serve as an Army officer, to the…

Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Winding Path to Emancipation

Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, and the Winding Path to Emancipation

In a little-noted eulogy delivered shortly after Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, Frederick Douglass called the martyred president “emphatically the Black man’s president,” and the “first to show any respect for their rights as men.” To justify his description, Douglass pointed not just to Lincoln’s official acts and utterances, like the Emancipation…

Robert E. Lee Was America’s Most Gallant, Decorated Traitor

Robert E. Lee was one of the most confounding figures in American history. From Lee’s betrayal of his nation to defend his home state and uphold the slave system he claimed to oppose, to his traitorous actions against the country he swore to serve as an Army officer, to the…

Henry Kissinger and the Art of Middle East Diplomacy

Henry Kissinger Used Cold Realpolitik to Create Order in the Middle East. Did it Work?

More than twenty years have elapsed since the United States last brokered a peace agreement between the Israelis and Palestinians. In that time, three presidents have tried and failed. Today’s guest, Martin Indyk—a former United States ambassador to Israel and special envoy for the Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in 2013—has experienced these…

WASPs- The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy

WASPs: The Splendors and Miseries of an American Aristocracy

From politics to fashion, their style still intrigues us. WASPs produced brilliant reformers—Eleanor, Theodore, and Franklin Roosevelt—and inspired Cold Warriors—Dean Acheson, Averell Harriman, and Joe Alsop. They embodied a chic and an allure that drove characters like F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby mad with desire. They were creatures of glamour,…

George Washington’s 1789 Road Trip Across the New United States

George Washington’s 1789 Road Trip Across the New United States

In the fall of 1789, George Washington, only six months into his presidency, set out on the first of four road trips as he attempted to unite what were in essence thirteen independent states into a single nation. In the fall of 2018, Nat Philbrick, his wife Melissa, and their…

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