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‘We have been here before’: battling for the better soul of America




Suffragettes picket for the release of their colleagues after ten of their comrades are released from the workhouse after serving a sixty day sentence for obstructing traffic.
Suffragettes picket for the release of their colleagues after ten of their comrades are released from the workhouse after serving a sixty day sentence for obstructing traffic.
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America’s story is full of triumph and downfall. Whether fighting for women’s rights, or the injustices of slavery, history cements our centuries-long cycles of division and fear — and then overcoming that division and fear.

Today is no exception, says Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Jon Meacham. In his latest book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” Meacham offers a timely look at our nation’s ability to survive the darkest hours of the past through resilience, hope and healing. Presidents and citizens have come together before. And despite current partisan fury, Meacham reassures us that America can still overcome through its “better angels.”

Host Larry Mantle talks with Meacham about the making and timing of his book. To share your comments or questions call us at 866-893-5722, or comment below.

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Jon Meacham, author of many books, including his latest,“The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels” (Random House 2018); Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian and contributing editor of TIME magazine; he tweets @jmeacham



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