A conversation with Bob Scheiffer and Jill Lepore
In "These Truths," Jill Lepore looks at the history of America’s polarization
Jill Lepore, "These Truths"
In ‘These Truths,’ historian Jill Lepore weaves in underappreciated political stories
Jill Lepore talks about her book "These Truths."
Jill Lepore: These Truths
Jill Lepore, "These Truths"
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In one of the most ambitious one-volume American background in years, prize-winning chronicler as well as New Yorker writer Jill Lepore supplies a magisterial account of the beginnings and rise of a divided nation, a quickly required reckoning with the elegance as well as catastrophe of American history.
Composed in elegiac prose, Lepore's groundbreaking examination areas fact itself– a dedication to realities, evidence, and evidence– at the center of the country's history. The American experiment hinges on three suggestions–" these truths," Jefferson called them– political equality, natural legal rights, and also the sovereignty of the people. And also it rests, too, on a brave devotion to query, Lepore suggests, because self-government depends on it. But has the country, and also freedom itself, provided on that pledge?
These Truths tells this uniquely American tale, starting in 1492, asking whether the program of events over greater than five centuries has actually verified the nation's facts, or belied them. To answer that inquiry, Lepore traces the intertwined backgrounds of American national politics, legislation, journalism, as well as innovation, from the early american town conference to the nineteenth-century party maker, from talk radio to twenty-first-century Internet surveys, from Magna Carta to the Patriot Act, from the printing machine to Facebook News.
Along the way, Lepore's sovereign chronicle is loaded with arresting sketches of both well-known and lesser-known Americans, from a parade of head of states as well as a rogues' gallery of political mischievousness makers to the intrepid leaders of objection motions, consisting of Frederick Douglass, the famous activist orator; William Jennings Bryan, the three-time presidential prospect as well as ultimately terrible populist; Pauli Murray, the visionary civil rights planner; and Phyllis Schlafly, the uncredited designer of modern preservation.
Americans are descended from servants and slave owners, from conquerors as well as the dominated, from immigrants and from individuals who have actually battled to end migration. "A nation birthed in contradiction will certainly battle for life over the definition of its history," Lepore creates, but engaging in that battle by examining the past belongs to the work of citizenship. "The past is an inheritance, a present as well as a problem," These Truths observes. "It can not be shirked. There's absolutely nothing for it yet to be familiar with it." 127 illustrations
- Hardcover: 960 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (September 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0393635244
- ISBN-13: 978-0393635249
- Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.9 x 9.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds