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.”

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

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