Heather Cox Richardson is the author of many books about American politics, most recently How the South Won the Civil War, which The Guardian described as “a broad sweep of American history on the theme of the struggle between democracy and oligarchy.”
Her daily newsletter, Letters from an American, has over a million subscribers. A chronicle of today’s political landscape, it explores what it means, and what it has meant, to be an American. The Letters, published on Substack and Facebook, are shared and quoted widely.
Heather’s earlier books include To Make Men Free: A History of the Republican Party, published by Basic Books. Jonathan Chait named To Make Men Free one of the six books to read to understand today’s Republican Party. Wounded Knee: Party Politics and the Road to an American Massacre also was published by Basic Books.
Heather is the co-host, with Joanne Freeman, of the podcast Now and Then, on the Vox Media Network. She was, previously the co-host of Freak Out and Carry On, a politics and history podcast on WBUR.
Professor of History at Boston College, she writes widely for popular publications and her work has appeared in The Guardian, the Washington Post, the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, Quartz and Salon.com.
Heather is at work on a new book, to be published by Viking.