Letters and Politics

A History of the Republican Party

A conversation with Heather Cox Richardson about the history of the shifting ideology of the Republican Party from the antebellum era to the Great Recession. We talk about how Republicans’ ideological vacillations have had terrible repercussions for minorities, the middle class, and America at large.

Guest: Heather Cox Richardson is professor of history at Boston College. She is the author of several books, including Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre and West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America after the Civil War. And her latest, To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.

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