Presidential historian to share insight into divisive U.S. political culture


Presidential historian to share insight into divisive U.S. political culture


'Soul of America' writer Jon Meacham coming to Carthage

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KENOSHA, Wis. – A day before addressing the Class of 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham will give a live interview at Carthage College analyzing contemporary presidential politics and its effect on the nation’s soul.

Sponsored by the Sam and Gene Johnson Distinguished Visitors Program, this event is scheduled for 2 p.m. May 26 in A. F. Siebert Chapel on the campus, 2001 Alford Park Drive. Admission is free, and the public is welcome.

Carthage professor Greg Berg, longtime host of “The Morning Show” on WGTD radio, will conduct the interview. A period will be set aside for audience members' questions.

Meacham’s newly published book, “The Soul of America: The Battle for Our Better Angels,” grew out of his reaction to last year’s racial conflict in Charlottesville, Virginia, and today’s inflammatory political climate. Distilling past lessons with an aptitude the Washington Independent Review of Books called “bordering on the supernatural,” he points to other moments in U.S. history when hope triumphed over divisiveness.

His most recent presidential biography, “Destiny and Power: The American Odyssey of George Herbert Walker Bush,” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times bestsellers list in 2015. Meacham gave a eulogy for Barbara Bush at the former first lady’s funeral in April.

One of his previous works, “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House,” won a Pulitzer for biography in 2009. A regular guest on the MSNBC news show “Morning Joe,” Meacham is a contributing editor at Time magazine and a columnist in The New York Times Book Review.

Those who cannot attend the public interview at Carthage may watch it via live stream. Tickets to Commencement are reserved for graduates and guests, but the full ceremony — including Meacham’s address — can also be viewed online beginning at 11 a.m. May 27. Go to for links to the streaming coverage.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Jon Meacham will not be available for separate media interviews during his visit.

About Carthage College –
Carthage combines an environment of reflection and self-discovery with a culture of high expectation so our students uncover and ignite their true potential. A four-year, private liberal arts college with roots in the Lutheran tradition, Carthage has a prime location in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The campus, an 80-acre arboretum on the shore of Lake Michigan, is home to 150 scholars, 2,600 full-time students, and 400 part-time students.



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