Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft & Mary Shelley
Award-winning author Charlotte Gordon discussed her biography of Mary Shelley and her mother, Mary Wollstonecraft, entitled "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley." She then has a conversation with Washington Post columnist Michael Dirda. Gordon recently authored the introduction to the anniversary re-issue of Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein." This event was made possible through the support of the John Y. Cole...
Gordon, Charlotte - Dirda, Michael
Picturing America: The Golden Age of Pictorial Maps
Stephen J. Hornsby discussed pictorial maps -- those that include artwork of objects, animals, people and even imaginary creatures -- which have been around since medieval times. The tradition continued to the modern era, reaching its apex in the 1920s-1970s in the United States.
Hornsby, Stephen J.
Brothers at Arms
Larrie D. Ferreiro discussed his book, "Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved It," in which he asserts that the American Revolution had little chance of being won by the American colonists, if it had not been for the assistance of French and Spanish soldiers, money and weapons.
North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South
Iconic images of the civil rights movement were largely photographed in the South. In a new volume of extraordinary photographs, historian Mark Speltz focuses on compelling civil rights images from north of the Mason-Dixon line, in places such as Philadelphia, Cleveland and Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation's Capital
John Richardson, who did much of his research at the Library of Congress, discussed his book, on Alexander Robey "Boss" Shepherd, the District of Columbia's powerful head of public works from 1871 until 1873 and D.C. governor in 1873 and 1874. Shepherd was a self-made man who accrued his fortune in the plumbing and gas-fitting trade, which inspired his fight to establish the city's...
Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist
Amina Hassan discussed her new book, "Loren Miller: Civil Rights Attorney and Journalist." Loren Miller was one of the nation's most prominent civil-rights attorneys from the 1940s through the early 1960s. He successfully fought discrimination in housing and education. Alongside Thurgood Marshall, Miller argued two landmark civil-rights cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, leading to decisions that effectively abolished racially restrictive housing covenants. The...
The Fight to Vote
Michael Waldman discusses his new book, "The Fight to Vote," where he analyses a crucial American struggle: actions to define and defend government based on the consent of the governed. From the nation's earliest days, as Americans sought the right to vote, others have fought to stop them. Waldman examines the full story from the founders' debates to today's challenges.
America's Political Dynasties: From Adams to Clinton
Stephen Hess discusses his book on political dynasties in the United States. Beginning with John Adams, first U.S. vice president, Hess paints portraits of the men and women who have comprised this country's political elite. He includes the well-known dynasties of the Roosevelts and the Kennedys, as well as the little-known politicians.
When We Are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future
Historian Abby Smith Rumsey, in her new book, "When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future," examines the history of memory from caves to computer chips. She also makes the point that each of us has a role to play in ensuring that we are remembered when we are no more.
Rumsey, Abby Smith
Jacob Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half
Bonnie Yochelson describes her book, "Jacob A. Riis: Revealing New York's Other Half: A Complete Catalog of His Photographs" and how Riis, a Danish-born immigrant to the United States who found his life's most important work in the slums of early 20th-century New York City, changed the course of history.
Jo Ann Jenkins discusses her book "Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life At Every Age," co-authored with Boe Workman.
Jenkins, Jo Ann
Lewis Carroll in the Mirror of Surrealism
Leonard Marcus presents a wide-ranging illustrated talk on how Lewis Carroll's "Alice" not only turned Victorian literature on its head but also inspired later generations of experimental artists and writers, from André Breton and Max Ernst to René Magritte and Leonora Carrington, to reimagine the world in arrestingly strange and provocative new ways.
Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine
The remarkable life of Dr. Louis W. Sullivan, who spent his childhood in Jim Crow southern Georgia in the 1930s, became a physician, went on to found the Morehouse School of Medicine and was appointed secretary of Health and Human Services, is recounted in his new book, "Breaking Ground: My Life in Medicine".
Sullivan, Louis W.
Word Warrior: Richard Durham, Radio & Freedom
Award-winning radio producer Sonja D. Williams illuminates Durham's extraordinary career in her book "Word Warrior", which draws on archives and hard-to-access family records, as well as interviews with family and such colleagues as Studs Terkel and Toni Morrison. She discussed and signed her book.
Williams, Sonja D.
Mapping the West with Lewis & Clark
Authors of s new book discuss the critical role that maps developed during the 1804-1806 expedition of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark played in President Thomas Jefferson's vision of a formidable republic that would no longer be eclipsed by European empires.
Viola, Herman J. - Ehrenberg, Ralph E.
Revolutions Without Borders: The Call to Liberty in the Atlantic World
According to author Janet Polasky, "Nation-based histories cannot do justice to the rowdy, radical interchange of ideas around the Atlantic world during the tumultuous years from 1776 to 1804. National borders were powerless to restrict the flow of enticing new visions of human rights and universal freedom." She discusses her new book on the subject.
Underdog Politics: Understanding the House Minority Party
In his discussion of his new book, Matthew N. Green disputes the belief that the minority party in the U.S. House of Representatives is of little importance. Studying the record of the House minority party from 1970 to the present and using other quantitative and qualitative data, Green shows the House minority party's influence on legislative and political outcomes and demonstrates that the party's...