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Heather Cox Richardson helps us make sense of this moment in American history

Heather Cox Richardson, a writer, professor and an expert historian in 19th-century America, poses for a portrait in her study at her home. A portrait of her great-great grandmother hangs on the wall above her desk. Specializing in politics and economics, Cox Richardson recently released a new book, "Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America."
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Heather Cox Richardson, a writer, professor and an expert historian in 19th-century America, poses for a portrait in her study at her home. A portrait of her great-great grandmother hangs on the wall above her desk. Specializing in politics and economics, Cox Richardson recently released a new book, "Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America."

You likely know historian Heather Cox Richardson from her Substack, “Letters from an American,” where she puts the news of the day into historical context. Now Cox Richardson has a new book out, Democracy Awakening: Notes on the State of America, where she looks at the crossroads we’re at as a country, how we got here, and where we could go from here. Today we spend the hour with Heather Cox Richardson as she helps us make sense of the latest news and the state of our democracy.

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