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

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor of Virginia (left)  arrives for a meeting with House Republicans in the Capitol in Washington on October 16, 2013.
October 29, 2013 | Blog

The Democrat’s version of health insurance would have been cheaper, simpler and more popular, so why did we enact the Republican version? Continue reading

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October 25, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Historian Peter Dreier shares why he’s optimistic about America’s future, including dynamic grass-roots initiatives around the country and, believe it or not, the radical politics of Dr. Seuss. Continue reading

Abraham Lincoln takes the oath of office as the 16th president of the United States administered by Chief Justice Roger B. Taney in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., on March 4, 1861. (AP Photo)
October 21, 2013 | Blog

Thanks to an eleventh-hour settlement the US has supposedly escaped fiscal doomsday, but historian Bernard Weisberger writes that it feels more like a stay of execution than the end of a crisis. Continue reading

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October 11, 2013

Read an excerpt from historian Joyce Appleby’s latest book ‘Shores of Knowledge: New World Discoveries and the Scientific Imagination.’ Continue reading

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October 11, 2013 | Moyers & Company

Historian Joyce Appleby discusses the fascination with America that led curiosity-driven Europeans to move beyond church dogma in the pursuit of knowledge that reshaped their understanding of the world.
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October 11, 2013

What’s the potential fallout from McCutcheon v. FEC, the campaign finance case currently before the Supreme Court. Continue reading

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October 9, 2013 | Blog

Republicans claim that debt ceiling brinksmanship is a tactic employed by both parties, and historically that’s true. But this time it’s different. Here’s why. Continue reading

A man picks up federal tax form 1040 at a post office in Palo Alto, Calif. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
October 2, 2013 | Blog

The real game, if you can play it, is shifting the tax burden onto someone else. Continue reading

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October 1, 2013

House Republicans were willing to shut down the government over Obamacare. We take a look back at other critics and roadblocks to social programs that are popular today. Continue reading

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September 25, 2013 | Blog

Next month, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in McCutcheon v. FEC. When they do so, the Justices should remember the price of a Quarter Pounder in the 1970s. And here’s why. Continue reading

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September 21, 2013 | Blog

A collection of interviews with politicians, policymakers, journalists and one ex-banker about the systemic flaws that led our economy to the brink of collapse. Continue reading

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September 19, 2013 | Blog
The long history of bogus social movements in service of the plutocracy.
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September 18, 2013 | Blog

Most experts agree that the way the government measures poverty is out of date. We take a look at how it got so far off, and how experts recommend fixing it. Continue reading

President Barack Obama addresses the nation in a live televised speech from the East Room of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013. President Obama blended the threat of military action with the hope of a diplomatic solution as he works to strip Syria of its chemical weapons. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, Pool)
September 18, 2013 | Blog

Historian Bernard Weisberger writes it’s time retire the outworn American creed. Its hidden core of arrogance has often turned it into a kind of nationalism-on-steroids. Continue reading

A young Muhammad Ali at City Parks Gym in New York, Feb. 8, 1962. (AP Photo/Dan Grossi)
September 12, 2013 | Blog

A new documentary looks at the heavyweight champion’s role in key historical social movements of the 1960s. Continue reading

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