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Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of history; author of “Letters From an American”

Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College. She has written about the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Gilded Age, and the American West in award-winning books whose subjects stretch from the European settlement of the North American continent to the history of the Republican Party through the Trump administration. She is the author, most recently, of the best-selling Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, which Jane Mayer has called “a vibrant, and essential history of America’s unending, enraging and utterly compelling struggle since its founding to live up to its own best ideals.” Richardson’s work has appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Guardian, among other outlets. Her nightly newsletter, “Letters From an American,” reaches over a million readers.


Scheduled Appearances


Slate presents HEAR ME OUT: Living History

Crosscut Festival 2024
Sat May 4, 2024 | 5:15pm

Hear Me Out is Slate’s destination for tough, topical discussions with integrity and without clichés. Host Celeste Headlee is joined by Heather Cox Richardson for a conversation about the state of our democracy and the upcoming presidential election.

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Heather Cox Richardson
Featuring: Celeste Headlee, Heather Cox Richardson

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The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival brings together journalists, newsmakers, and innovators from around the country to talk about the issues that are animating our cultural conversations. The festival includes live recordings of television and podcasts from The Atlantic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Slate, Pushkin, NPR and PBS; as well as community meetups, meet-and-greets, food trucks, DJs, and more.

The Cascade PBS Ideas Festival will take place May 4, 2024, at the Amazon Meeting Center, 2031 Seventh Ave. Seattle, WA 98121.

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