Unsettled Land: From Revolution to Republic, the Struggle for Texas

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  The Texas Revolution has long been cast as an epic episode in the origins of the American West. As the story goes, larger-than-life figures like Sam Houston, David Crockett, and William Barret Travis fought to free Texas from repressive Mexican rule. In Unsettled Land (Basic, 2022), historian Sam Haynes reveals the reality beneath this powerful creation myth. He shows how the lives of ordinary people—white Americans, Mexicans, Native Americans, and those […]

Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  The Center for Presidential History welcomes Nicole Hemmer (Vanderbilt University) as she discusses her new book Partisans: The Conservative Revolutionaries Who Remade American Politics in the 1990s . Hemmer offers a bold new history of modern conservatism that finds its origins in the populist right-wing politics of the 1990s. Ronald Reagan has long been lionized for building a conservative coalition sustained by an optimistic vision […]

Framing Reconstruction: Presidents, Popular Sentiment, and the Idea of a Lost Moment of Racial Accommodation

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

Should Reconstruction be considered a lost moment when the loyal citizenry of the United States, having defeated the slaveholders’ rebellion and killed slavery, squandered an opportunity to provide full political and social equality for African Americans in the wake of Appomattox? This program explores how the four Reconstruction presidents have been assessed, how Union war […]

Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories

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The Center for Presidential History welcomes Christopher McKnight Nichols (The Ohio State University) as he discusses his new book, Ideology in U.S. Foreign Relations: New Histories. Ideology drives American foreign policy in ways seen and unseen. Racialized notions of subjecthood and civilization underlay the political revolution of eighteenth-century white colonizers; neoconservatism, neoliberalism, and unilateralism propelled the […]

Euromissiles: The Nuclear Weapons That Nearly Destroyed NATO

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

                              The Center for Presidential History welcomes Susan Colbourn (Duke University) to discuss her new book, Euromissiles: The Nuclear Weapons that Nearly Destroyed NATO. Colbourn tells the story of the height of nuclear crisis and the remarkable waning of the fear […]

The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  One of our preeminent historians of race and democracy, Peniel E. Joseph (University of Texas, Austin), argues that the period since 2008 has marked nothing less than America’s Third Reconstruction In The Third Reconstruction: America's Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century, distinguished historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a powerful and personal new interpretation […]

The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century

  One of our preeminent historians of race and democracy argues that the period since 2008 has marked nothing less than America’s Third Reconstruction.  In The Third Reconstruction, distinguished historian Peniel E. Joseph offers a powerful and personal new interpretation of recent history. The racial reckoning that unfolded in 2020, he argues, marked the climax of […]

Presidential History in Real Time: Insights into the White House from Inside Washington

McFarlin Auditorium 6405 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX

  ANNOUNCEMENTS: 1. Tickets are sold out 2. Venue has changed to the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom (SMU campus, Umphrey Lee Center, 3300 Dyer Street, Dallas, 75205) SMU’s Center for Presidential History is entering our second decade. Not surprisingly, we begin by looking back, and by looking at the way most Americans engage the White […]

Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

  The Center for Presidential History welcomes Gregory Brew (Yale University) to discuss his new book, Petroleum and Progress in Iran: Oil, Development, and the Cold War.   From the 1940s […]

The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink

Dallas Hall 306 (McCord Auditorium) 3225 University Blvd, Dallas, TX, United States

William Inboden's (University of Texas, Austin) new book The Peacemaker: Ronald Reagan, the Cold War, and the World on the Brink gives a masterful account of how Ronald Reagan and his national […]