Heather Cox Richardson

Professor of History, Boston College; Author
Heather Cox Richardson Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: How the South Won the Civil War

4 p.m. Tuesday, May 4

While the North prevailed in the Civil War, ending slavery and giving the country a “new birth of freedom,” Heather Cox Richardson argues in her new book, How the South Won the Civil War, that democracy’s blood-soaked victory was ephemeral. The system, which had sustained the defeated South, continued, and inequality and subordination was woven into the nation’s fabric and identity. She'll talk with moderator and Crosscut Editor-At-Large Knute Berger.


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About Heather Cox Richardson

Heather Cox Richardson is Professor of History at Boston College and the author of five books about American politics, including her latest How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America published in April 2020 by Oxford University Press. Her other books include West from Appomattox: The Reconstruction of America After the Civil War (2007), and To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party (2014). Both were Editor’s Choice selections of the New York Times Book Review. Richardson is a national commentator on American political history and writes the popular newsletter Letters from an American.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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Your submitted questions could help shape our conversations in May. We’ll accept questions until mid-April, then pass along popular and thought-provoking topics for moderators to potentially include in their scripts.