Who is Heather Cox Richardson?

Heather Cox Richardson is an American historian and Professor of History at Boston College, where she teaches courses on the American Civil War, the Reconstruction Era, the American West, and the Plains Indians.[1] She previously taught at MIT and the University of Massachusetts.[2]

Richardson has authored six books. Her sixth, titled How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America, was published in March 2020 by Oxford University Press.[3]

She is also a founder and editor at werehistory.org, which presents professional history to a public audience through short articles. Between 2017 and 2018, she co-hosted the NPR podcast Freak Out and Carry On.[4] Most recently, Richardson started publishing “Letters from an American”, a nightly newsletter that chronicles the 2019 Trump–Ukraine scandal in the larger context of American history.

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