U.S. History

Wilson's Legacy Reconsidered

In celebration of our 50th anniversary, the Wilson Center convened distinguished experts and prominent Center alumni to explore the relevance of President Woodrow Wilson’s international and domestic record for today.

To what extent is the 28th president’s vision for world order still applicable in the face of the profound shifts that the international system is undergoing at present? Are there lessons to be learned from his domestic policy accomplishments and failures?

 

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Inventing the Immigration Problem: The Dillingham Commission and Its Legacy

In 1907 the U.S. Congress created a joint commission to investigate what many Americans saw as a national crisis: an unprecedented number of immigrants flowing into the United States. Experts—women and men trained in the new field of social science—fanned out across the country to collect data on these fresh arrivals.

A Hard Look at America after 9/11

9/11 is always a somber day: Names read at the stunning memorial at Ground Zero, bells tolling, commemorative events at the Pentagon and at Shanksville, Pa., which early today was the site of a poignant speech by President Trump.

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. 

Guests

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. 
 

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