U.S. History

Missing—but not forgotten: What the return of Korean War remains means for the daughter of one American soldier

Donna Knox never met her father. She was born two months after he disappeared in North Korea in 1952 at age 26, a star collegiate hockey player for the University of Michigan who was the father of a young son and a daughter on the way.

Still, he loomed large in their lives as his wife and children waited for word on his whereabouts.

Dr. Charles King: Examining the United States' Tumultuous Racial History

A Wilson Center fellow with the Global Europe Program from September 2012 to May 2013, Dr. Charles King now serves as Professor of International Affairs and Government at Georgetown University. Author or editor of seven books including Midnight at the Pera Palace: The Birth of Modern Istanbul (W.W. Norton, 2014), Odessa: Genius and Death in a City of Dreams (W.W.

Woodrow Wilson: 'Consequential' and 'Controversial'

In this edition of Wilson Center NOW, author Patricia O’Toole discusses her new book, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made, a biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U.S. presidents. 


President Carter: The White House Years

Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter’s side from the president's political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House. As Chief Domestic Policy Adviser, he was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as many foreign policy ones during the Carter presidency. 

Celebrating Black History Month with A Cappella Group Reverb

The Wilson Center’s African American Heritage Event Committee is pleased to invite you to an afternoon of live entertainment by the a cappella group Reverb.

Grace Kennan Warnecke: “Daughter of the Cold War”

Grace Kennan Warnecke discusses her soon-to-be-published memoir about life, career, and what it was like growing up as the daughter of George F. Kennan, one of the most influential diplomats and foreign policy thinkers of the twentieth century. She shares her memories and insights during this episode of Wilson Center NOW.


The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made

By the author of acclaimed biographies of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, a penetrating biography of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U.S. presidents, Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924). The Moralist is a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs.

History of Place: Barry Farm/Hillsdale, An African-American Settlement in Washington, DC

This presentation is about an African American settlement that originated in Washington, DC right after the Civil War in 1867.  Approximately 40,000 African American refugees came into the city during the Civil War. They were destitute when they arrived, and the majority of them had to settle first on the streets and later in makeshift housing built from discarded materials. The Freedmen’s Bureau decided to create a settlement on the southeast side of the city to help the newly arrived immigrants build their homes.

The Battle Over a Vietnam War Memorial

How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? James Reston, Jr. discusses the controversy surrounding Maya Lin’s winning design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, and also describes how veterans’ views on the memorial have evolved over time. He chronicles these stories and more in his new book, A Rift in the Earth: Art, Memory, and the Fight for a Vietnam War Memorial, which provides the focus for this episode of Wilson Center NOW.