8 episodes

There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. American democracy is at a crossroads and we have to decide who we really are as a nation. This moment begs us all to look to our past to help understand our present and to imagine a better future. In the aftermath of the carnage of the Civil War, the nation struggled to give shape to a country drenched in blood. In many ways, we are still fighting old battles and still trapped in assumptions that blocked the way to imagining a new America. Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, History is US asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us.
History is US is an Audacy original presented in partnership with Shining City Audio and Jon Meacham Studio.

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There will always be something distinct about our present day, yet history haunts. American democracy is at a crossroads and we have to decide who we really are as a nation. This moment begs us all to look to our past to help understand our present and to imagine a better future. In the aftermath of the carnage of the Civil War, the nation struggled to give shape to a country drenched in blood. In many ways, we are still fighting old battles and still trapped in assumptions that blocked the way to imagining a new America. Written and narrated by award-winning author and Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, Dr. Eddie S. Glaude, History is US asks questions about who we are as a nation, and what race might reveal about our current crisis. Through the voices of distinguished historians and scholars, this limited series gives listeners the background and education to understand how we got here and how we can all use history to clarify the choices before us.
History is US is an Audacy original presented in partnership with Shining City Audio and Jon Meacham Studio.

    The Collapse of Radical Reconstruction

    The Collapse of Radical Reconstruction

    With the passage of the 15th amendment, some Americans believed the battle had finally been won: the former slave now had the right to vote. But what followed, was a systematic retreat on the promises of Radical Reconstruction and the ascendance of a new regime of American racial rule. 

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    • 50 min
    Storm and Stress: Jim Crow America

    Storm and Stress: Jim Crow America

    In the aftermath of the collapse of Reconstruction, we chart the emergence of Jim Crow laws and the extralegal violence that made it the law of the land. In many ways, this period laid the foundation for the Black freedom Struggle of the mid-twentieth century.

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    • 47 min
    The Second Reconstruction

    The Second Reconstruction

    The Civil Rights movement of the mid-twentieth century begins despite the internal conflicts that shape it. We focus particularly on the complex response to the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 as well as the ideological debates surrounding the Selma march in 1965. This episode disrupts the standard Civil Rights story of a steady path to racial progress in this country.

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    • 45 min
    White Betrayal

    White Betrayal

    The black freedom struggle of the mid-twentieth century leads to the emergence of white backlash. Here we show how conservatives mobilized immediately, in the courts and in the streets, to undo the promises of the Great Society and the gains of the civil rights movement.

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    American Madness: The Obama Years

    American Madness: The Obama Years

    The election of President Barack Obama ignited feelings of hope and promise. But the election of the first black president of the United States also intensified hatreds, fears and disappointments. This Episode contains scenes that some listeners may find disturbing.

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    • 1 hr 11 min
    Democracy Imperiled

    Democracy Imperiled

    What happened at the Capitol on January 6 begs us to look to our past to help us understand our present, and to imagine a better future. From debates around voting rights to immigration to police reform, we find ourselves at a crossroads in American Democracy.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.4K Ratings

1.4K Ratings

MarieInSedona ,

When The Truth Tellers Speak, We Should Listen

I have always admired Eddie Glaud’s graceful and impactful navigation of the dark parts of our nation’s history. Pair this series with Rachel Maddow’s Ultra for a one, two lesson on why we are where we are.

Youain’tlying ,

Nothing But The Truth

Thank you for talking out loud… Never stop!

Woke in Time ,

The Real US History

Excellent and well done series. Dr. Glaude’s calm and measured voice allow his words to sink in and he brings up points I hadn’t considered before. A perfect example of the saying that “the more things change, the more they remain the same”.

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