St. Paul, MN 55102
The popular History Forum lecture series returns to the Minnesota History Center in October. Join six national scholars as they explore the history that might help us understand and unravel the issues we face right now.
In October, historian Heather Cox Richardson will present on the history of the Republican Party. When Abraham Lincoln helped create the Republican Party on the eve of the Civil War, his goal was to promote economic opportunity for all Americans, not just the slaveholding Southern planters who steered national politics.
Yet while visionary Republicans like Teddy Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower shared Lincoln's egalitarian dream, their attempts to use government to guard against the concentration of wealth have repeatedly been undone by the country's moneyed interests and members of their own party. Ronald Reagan's embrace of big business in the 1980s—and the ensuing financial crisis—is the latest example of this cycle, but it is by no means the first.
Heather Cox Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College and author of four books, including To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party.
Lectures are offered at 10 am and 2 pm.
2018-10-13 14:00:00 2018-10-13 14:00:00 America/Chicago A History of the Republican Party Minnesota History Center