The Republican Parties ideological beliefs have changed throughout history. In 2014 Heather Richardson, a historian of Boston College, wrote a book “To Make Men Free: A History of The Republican Party.” In this book, she traces the ideological battle within the Republican party throughout history. I recently reached out to Heather to talk about her book and her thoughts on the modern day Republican Party.
On November 8th, 1932 Franklin Delano Roosevelt won the presidential election in a landslide over incumbent President Herbert Hoover. FDR had run his campaign promising if elected, he would enact programs to help those suffering in the Great Depression. Herbert Hoover believed that if FDR followed through with his campaign promises, he would be bringing communism to America. Eric Rauchway a historian at the University of California Davis wrote in his latest book about the strenuous transition period where Hoover would do everything he could to get FDR to swear off his campaign promises. I recently reached out to Eric to talk to him about his newest book.
Often when we talk about historical figures and their influence on our modern day politics we think of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower or Lyndon Baines Johnson. Who is often overlooked is Thomas Paine whose views on early American democracy and how to make it accessible to everybody were considered radical. I recently spoke with Seth Cotlar a history professor at Willamette University whose research and work about Thomas Paine's early influence & views; and just how that shaped our modern politics.
If you’d like to read more on Seth’s thoughts on our current politics and ways we can reshape our democracy you can follow him on twitter here.
Unions have a long history of fighting an ongoing battle to be recognized and to be allowed. Erik Loomis is a labor and environmental historian who teaches at the University of Rhode Island. His recent book A History of America In Ten Strikes documents these battles through ten different labor strikes. I reached out to him to talk about his book and the importance of forming a union.
An interview on tech monopolies with investigative reporter Sally Hubbard
By: Austin C. Yenne
Sally Hubbard is one of the leading experts on antitrust issues involving tech monopolies. She’s written extensively about how Google and Facebook use their platform dominance to squash their competition. She’s also warned the public about how these tech giants are dangerous to our democracy and need to be broken up. I recently reached out to Sally to talk about her work covering these platforms and how they first caught her attention.