This is a country awash in monuments: adorning traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. In this special Memorial Day episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the idea of national remembrance. What or whom have Americans chosen to memorialize? And what do these choices say about us?
Americans have a fascination with their past – not just discussing it, but actually reliving it. And we’re not just talking about your every day Civil War reenactments. There are people reenacting American sports, wars, and even lynchings.
American political conventions haven’t always been so predictable. Before becoming scripted for television, conventions were often where pressing issues of the day got hashed out and careers were made or ruined. In this hour of BackStory we venture into the back rooms, the chaotic halls, and the streets where these dramas unfolded.
The History Guys explore the changing meanings of American Exceptionalism, tracing it from the Founders through the presidential election of 2012.
On this episode of BackStory, we’ll take a look at what Americans have seen when they’ve looked in the mirror, and explore some of the lengths to which people have gone to achieve their body ideals.
The War of 1812 may be the war we forgot, but that does not mean it’s without an important role in shaping the country. On the occasion of its bicentennial, we ask: What were we fighting for? What did we win, what did we lose, and why should we care?
In this hour of BackStory we go beyond the expected pieces of trivia to take a closer look at the War of 1812. On the occasion of its bicentennial, we ask what this now-obscure war did to shape the United States.
This is a country awash in monuments. They are the centerpieces of traffic circles, street corners and, of course, the National Mall. We have erected them to Rosie the Riveter and Confederate generals. Yet our ambivalence towards these monuments is as old as our enthusiasm for them. Case in point: The Washington Monument. Ever wonder [...]
In this live performance at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre, the History Guys take on the history of Indians in Virginia.
In this episode, the History Guys will look at the changing ways Americans have seen themselves as different. What do you think — is there anything to the idea of Exceptionalism?