One of the nation's leading Civil War historians, James McPherson, explores why the war remains so deeply embedded in the national psyche and identity of Americans today, as described in his highly anticipated book, The War that Forged a Nation.
This program is presented as part of the National Constitution Center's commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment.
James M. McPherson
James McPherson is an American Civil War historian, and is the George Henry Davis '86 Professor Emeritus of United States History at Princeton University. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Battle Cry of Freedom, his most famous book. He was the president of the American Historical Association in 2003, and is a member of the editorial board of Encyclopedia Britannica.
Born in Valley City, North Dakota, he graduated from St. Peter High School, and he received his Bachelor of Arts at Gustavus Adolphus College (St. Peter, Minnesota) in 1958, and his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins University in 1963. Currently he resides in Princeton, New Jersey, and is married with one child.
Jeffrey Rosen is President and CEO of the National Constitution Center. He is also a Professor of Law at
The George Washington University Law School, and a Contributing Editor of The Atlantic.
Rosen is a graduate of Harvard College, Oxford University, and Yale Law School. His new book, Louis D.
Brandeis: American Prophet, was published on June 1, 2016, the 100th anniversary of Brandeis's
Supreme Court confirmation. His other books include The Supreme Court: The Personalities and Rivalries
that Defined America, the best-selling companion book to the award-winning PBS series; The Most
Democratic Branch: How the Courts Serve America; The Naked Crowd: Freedom and Security in an
Anxious Age; and The Unwanted Gaze: The Destruction of Privacy in America, which The New York Times
called the definitive text in privacy perils in the digital age. Rosen is coeditor, with Benjamin Wittes, of
Constitution 3.0: Freedom and Technological Change, the proceedings of the Brookings Project on
Technology and the Constitution.
His essays and commentaries have appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times Magazine, on National
Public Radio, in the New Republic, where he was the legal affairs editor, and in The New Yorker, where
he has been a staff writer. The Chicago Tribune named him one of the ten best magazine journalists in
America, and the Los Angeles Times called him the nation's most widely read and influential legal