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Past Program Video | Written by the Victors? Heather Cox Richardson on How the South Won the Civil War


After years of war and countless lives, Gen. Robert E. Lee’s surrender at Appomattox sealed the fate of the Confederate cause and conceded defeat… or so we thought.

In the new book, How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America, Boston College Professor of History Heather Cox Richardson illuminates the history of how the ideology of the Confederacy survived in the myth of the American West, and how a paradoxical rugged individualism gave rise to the modern Conservative movement. Richardson is led in conversation by Professor of History at Yale Joanne Freeman.


Wednesday, May 06, 2020

1:00 pm

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  • Heather Cox Richardson

    Heather Cox Richardson

    Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and the author of five books about American politics, including her latest How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America published in April 2020 by Oxford University Press. Richardson is a national commentator on American political history and the Republican Party. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Quartz, among other publications, and she writes the popular newsletter Letters from an American.

  • Joanne Freeman by Beowulf Sheehan

    Joanne B. Freeman

    Joanne B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, is a leading authority on early national politics and political culture. The author of The Field of Blood: Violence in Congress and the Road to the Civil War, the award-winning Affairs of Honor: National Politics in the New Republic, and editor of The Essential Hamilton and Alexander Hamilton: Writings, she is a cohost of the popular history podcast BackStory.