2021 History Forum Takes on ‘E Pluribus Unum’ in Series of Virtual Lectures by America’s Preeminent Historians

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Release dated: 
January 8, 2021
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2021 History Forum Takes on ‘E Pluribus Unum’ in Series of Virtual Lectures by America’s Preeminent Historians

The motto of the United States is E Pluribus Unum, "out of the many, one." But has the US ever been "one"? The 2021 History Forum series takes this on by exploring the many diverse and divergent currents that have shaped the nation. 

This year, all four presentations will be shared across a virtual platform making the 2021 series accessible to more people than ever before. Now is the time to look at history and take from it the lessons it offers in order to make sense of the world today. 


  • American Revolutions with Alan Taylor, Tue., Jan 26, 6:30-8 p.m. 
    Join Dr. Alan Taylor as he discusses the conflicting perceptions of the American Revolution as a high-minded, orderly event whose capstone, the Constitution, provided the nation its democratic framework and the reality that it was far more violent, dangerous and precarious. Taylor is the Thomas Jefferson Foundation Professor of History at the University of Virginia. 
  • Vanguard: How Black Women Broke Barriers, Won the Vote, and Insisted on Equality for All with Martha Jones, Tue., Feb 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Join Dr. Martha S. Jones as she explores how African American women defied both racism and sexism to fight for the ballot, and how they wielded political power to secure the equality and dignity of all persons. Jones is the Society of Black Alumni Presidential Professor and SNF Agora Institute Professor of History at Johns Hopkins University. 
  • Shadow Nations with N. Bruce Duthu, Tue., March 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Join N. Bruce Duthu for a presentation on how Native and non-Native peoples can work together to revitalize the pluralism on which the United States was founded but which has been eroded over time for Native groups. Duthu, a member of the United Houma Nation, is the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. 
  • The Roots of the Rural-Urban Divide with Steve Conn, Tue., April 20, 6:30-8 p.m.
    Join Dr. Steve Conn as he explores  the rural-urban divide as one of the nation’s oldest political rifts, including looking at the debate over who—urban or rural—is a “real American.” Conn is the W.E. Smith Professor of History at Miami University.

To find out more and to register for programs visit the MNHS online calendar.

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