Hidden in Plain Sight: Family Secrets and American History || Radcliffe Institute

Hidden in Level View: Family Members Secrets and also American Background
A Schlesinger Library Occasion

The style of this discussion is the not-quite-secret histories of American family members– stories hidden in plain view that, once disclosed, need us to reassess the more comprehensive details of American background.

How do we understand what we understand? What can’t we understand, ever? What should and should not be maintained?

Gail Lumet Buckley ’59 (18:19), writer, The Black Calhouns: From Civil War to Civil Rights with One African American Family (Atlantic Monthly Press, 2016).

Alice Echols (31:44), writer, Shortfall: Family Secrets, Financial Collapse, and a Hidden History of American Banking (The New Press, 2017).

Susan Faludi ’81, RI ’09 (41:59), writer, In the Darkroom (Metropolitan Books, 2016).

Alex Wagner (53:10), writer, Futureface: A Family Mystery, an Epic Quest, and also the Secret to Belonging (One World, honest).

Regulated by Annette Gordon-Reed JD ’84, RI ’16, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History, Harvard Law School, and teacher of background, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Intros by.
Lizabeth Cohen, dean, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Jane Kamensky (4:53), Carl and Lily Pforzheimer Foundation Director, Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute, and professor of background, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

AUDIENCE Q&A (1:11:13).

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