Dr. Eric Daniels on Progress in American History
Radio Interview: 5 September 2012
I interviewed Dr. Eric Daniels on "Progress in American History" on 5 September 2012. Listen to or download this episode of Philosophy in Action Radio below.
Many people on the political right regard America as steadily decaying since the founding era. Yet in fact, America has improved in many ways – not just in technology, but also in its culture, economy, and laws.
Dr. Eric Daniels is a research assistant professor at Clemson University's Institute for the Study of Capitalism. He has a Ph.D. in American History from the University of Wisconsin.
- Duration: 1:12:25
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- Cultural changes in America, including for women and marriage
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- The 14th Amendment
- Improvements in the law, including marriage law, morality regulations and cultural mores, blasphemy law, and obscenity law
- The American north versus south
- Andrew Jackson's duel
- The caning of Charles Sumner
- Today's Republicans and Democrats
- The value (or lack thereof) of voting
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