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Richard White

Richard White, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History at Stanford University, is author, most recently, of Railroaded: The Transcontinentals and the Making of Modern America.

Articles

A new biography of Andrew Jackson recounts a bloody history and reveals disturbing parallels with Trump.

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Despite what Steve King says, the U.S. was never a Christian nation.

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In The Heathen School, John Demos locates the early history of American exceptionalism in a small New England missionary school. 

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There was a time when Americans valued "competency" over riches and saw wealth as the cause of poverty.

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I have a historian’s quibble with Sabeel Rahman, but I could not agree more with his analysis of the information economy. While the Progressive Era offers ideas to emulate and develop, I...
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