History

An understanding of our history is as crucial to a successful democratic society as it is essential to the well-examined life of the individual. As historian Howard Zinn told Bill Moyers, “I think the more people learn about the past… the more that they will understand that it is possible for people to change the world.” Start your understanding with some of the series and specials below.

EXPLORE History

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December 26, 2013 | Blog

It may be counterintuitive, but the long arc of history is bending the right way. Continue reading

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December 20, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander tells Bill about an emerging movement that aims to end mass incarceration and its impact on America. Continue reading

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December 20, 2013

Bill Moyers speaks with activist Michelle Alexander about the key to unlocking our dehumanizing system of incarceration, and shares a clip from a film about an ex-convict who helps women get back on their feet after prison. Continue reading

The lead paint flakes and cracks on the spindles of a porch as a painter sands the siding of a house in Providence, RI. (AP Photo/Stew Milne)
December 19, 2013 | Blog
On Monday, a judge ordered three firms who had been promoting the sale of lead paint to pay for its removal from homes in California.
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December 13, 2013

Did violent video games play a role in preparing Adam Lanza to commit mass murder? One year after Newtown, Bill explores violence in America with the preeminent cultural historian Richard Slotkin. Continue reading

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December 13, 2013 | Moyers & Company

As the anniversary of the Newtown tragedy approaches, Bill speaks with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about violence in America. Plus, a Moyers essay on our gun culture. Continue reading

Cartoon from the Southern Labor Archives at Georgia State University depicting plutocrats with piles of money.
December 13, 2013 | BillBoard

Bill reflects on the class struggles he observed in the small East Texas town he grew up in and the modern-day class war waged by the wealthy on our democracy. Continue reading

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December 10, 2013 | Moyers & Company

One year after the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, Bill speaks with cultural historian Richard Slotkin about the role of firearms in America’s national psyche. Watch the full show. Continue reading

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December 8, 2013 | Blog

Mandela was a hard-core revolutionary committed to the wholesale transformation of his society. Continue reading

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December 5, 2013 | Blog

In a 1991 interview, Nelson Mandela, who passed away on Thursday, talks to Bill about how he overcame hatred during his 27 years in a South African prison. Continue reading

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry secures his scarf as he walks down the stairs of his aircraft after landing at London's Stansted Airport, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013.  (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, Pool)
November 25, 2013 | Blog
Everything you need to know about the weekend agreement between Iran and the US.
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November 22, 2013 | Blog

Paul Ryan told The Washington Post this week that he wants to be a more compassionate conservative, but there is nothing new in his perspective on poverty. Continue reading

President John F. Kennedy is shown as he ends his official day after 7:30 pm with a final phone call to his press secretary from his Oval Office desk at the White House in Washington, D.C., March 16, 1961. Spread on the desk are copies of his newly designated official portrait which he autographed. (AP Photo/Henry Burroughs)
November 21, 2013 | Blog

Turner Classic Movies airs four classic vérité documentary films tonight about JFK that are worth watching. Continue reading

Enlisted military men carry the casket of John F. Kennedy up the center steps of the Capitol in Washington, Nov. 24, 1963. A sailor follows with presidential flag. An honor guard lines the steps.   (AP Photo)
November 20, 2013 | Blog

Our senior writer remembers President Kennedy’s assassination. Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR USE SUNDAY, NOV. 17, 2013 AND THEREAFTER - FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 22, 1963 file photo, seen through the foreground convertible's windshield, President John F. Kennedy's hand reaches toward his head within seconds of being fatally shot as first lady Jacqueline Kennedy holds his forearm as the motorcade proceeds along Elm Street past the Texas School Book Depository in Dallas. Gov. John Connally was also shot. (AP Photo/James W. "Ike" Altgens)
November 15, 2013 | Blog

The conductor announced the death of President Kennedy to the audience — and then gave them Beethoven. Continue reading

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