The World in Time

Alan Taylor

Friday, June 25, 2021

Lady in Colonial Dress Striking a Gentleman with Her Fan, by Thure de Thulstrup, 1895.

Lady in Colonial Dress Striking a Gentleman with Her Fan, by Thure de Thulstrup, 1895. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, gift of F. Elizabeth De Voy.

“I think we do ourselves a disservice,” Pulitzer Prize–winning historian Alan Taylor says on the latest episode of The World in Time, speaking about his book American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850, “if we romanticize the origins of United States and cast it as some sort of political utopia from which we have fallen. I think we’d do a lot better if we’d see that division and disagreement have been in place in the United States from the start.”

 

Lewis H. Lapham speaks with Alan Taylor, author of American Republics: A Continental History of the United States, 1783–1850.

 

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