Fall Conference 2018

The Ebb and Flow of Optimism through American History

November 16-17, University of Vermont

Heather Cox Richardson

Image of Heather Cox RichardsonHeather Cox Richardson is a political historian who uses facts and history to make observations about contemporary American politics. She teaches nineteenth-century American history at both the undergraduate and the graduate level at Boston College.

Her early work focused on the transformation of political ideology from the Civil War to the presidency of Theodore Roosevelt. It examined issues of race, economics, westward expansion, and the construction of the concept of an American middle class.

Her book, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, examines the fundamental tensions in American politics from the time of the Northwest Ordinance to the present. She is currently working on an intellectual history of American politics and a graphic treatment of the Reconstruction Era.

Fall Conference 2018 talks by Heather Cox Richardson