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March 2011
Why Brandeis Matters
March 21st, 2011
58 min 18 sec
Jeffrey Rosen, Frederick M. Lawrence (Moderator)

He was a fierce advocate for workers' rights, a pioneer in pro bono work by attorneys and one of the most distinguished justices in the history of the United States Supreme Court. Louis D. Brandeis is a giant figure in American history and his influence can be felt beyond the ralm of law. As a young lawyer and reformer, he was instrumental in the battles against monopolies and for minimum wage/maximum hour regulations for laborers, and was co-author of "The Right to Privacy," one of the most important law articles in history. As Associate Supreme Court Justice, he was a powerful—though often minority—voice in defense of civil liberties and his dissents paved the way for many future reforms. In this program, two speakers discuss Brandeis's continued relevance and the impact of his life and work.


Jeffrey Rosen is a professor of law at The George Washington University and the legal affairs editor of The New Republic. His most recent book is The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries that Defined America. Frederick M. Lawrence (Moderator) is the new president of Brandeis University, former Dean of The George Washington University Law School and the author of Punishing Hate: Bias Crimes Under American Law.

February 2011
Andrew Johnson
February 15th, 2011
56 min 37 sec
Annette Gordon-Reed

Andrew Johnson never expected to be president, but just six weeks after becoming Abraham Lincoln's vice president, he was thrust into the nation's highest office. Johnson faced a nearly impossible task—to succeed America's greatest chief executive and to bind the nation's wounds after the Civil War. Annette Gordon-Reed shows how ill-suited Johnson was for this daunting task. His vision of reconciliation abandoned the millions of former slaves and antagonized congressional leaders, who tried to limit his powers and eventually impeached him.

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Pulitzer Prize-winnin author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. She is Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University. Her latest book is Andrew Johnson, in the American Presidents Series.

February 2011
Women and the White House
February 10th, 2011
57 min 26 sec
Cokie Roberts, Akhil Reed Amar, Lesley Stahl (Moderator)

Event Details


Although America has yet to elect a woman to the presidency, many women have played important parts in shaping previous presidential administrations and in changing the roles and the perception of women in politics. As part of New-York Historical's series Celebrating the 19th Amendment: 90 Years, this program looks back at the many influential and important women in the history of America's highest elected office, from political candidates and cabinet members to First Ladies and family members.

Speaker Bio(s)


Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, senior news analyst for National Public Radio, and the author of Ladies of Liberty. Akhil Reed Amar is Sterling Professor of Law and Political Science at Yale University and the author of America's Constitution: A Biography. Lesley Stahl (Moderator) has been a correspondent for "60 Minutes" since 1991 and is a former CBS News White House correspondent.

January 2011
Muller v. Oregon: Over a Century Later
January 27th, 2011
1 hour and 3 minutes
Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Associate Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg delivers an insightful lecture on the origins and legacy of Muller v. Oregon, focusing on the changing views of women’s rights and needs in the eyes of the Court, legislatures and the public.

December 2010
Lincoln, 1860 & Secession
December 2nd, 2010
59 min 34 sec
James M. McPherson, Eric Foner, Harold Holzer (Moderator)


Three renowned scholars revisit one of the most significant, pivotal years in American history: 1860. Throughout 1860, tensions over slavery threatened to boil over into civil war and the supercharged Presidential campaign would very literally decide the immediate fate and future of the Union. Abraham Lincoln was elected in November; by the end of the year, South Carolina had seceded and the course of American history was irrevocably changed.


James McPherson is George Henry Davis ’86 Professor of American History Emeritus at Princeton University. In 1989 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom: The Civil War Era. Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of many books, including most recently, The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American SlaveryHarold Holzer (Moderator) has written or edited more than 30 books on Lincoln and the Civil War and served as co-chairman of the U.S. Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.




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