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Book Discussion: Democracy Awakening by Heather Cox Richardson
Book Discussion: Democracy Awakening by Heather Cox Richardson

Tue, Mar 19


Stone Soup Books

Book Discussion: Democracy Awakening by Heather Cox Richardson

From historian and author of the popular daily newsletter LETTERS FROM AN AMERICAN, a vital narrative that explains how America, once a beacon of democracy, now teeters on the brink of autocracy -- and how we can turn back.

Time & Location

Mar 19, 2024, 6:30 PM

Stone Soup Books, 150 Race Ave, Waynesboro, VA 22980, USA

About the Event

Drop in book discussion group. Only rule is we discuss the book! Let us know if you need a copy of the book. 

Our Mar 19, 2024 discussion is on “Democracy Awakening” by Heather Cox Richardson

About the book:

In the midst of the impeachment crisis of 2019,  Heather Cox Richardson launched a daily Facebook essay providing the  historical background of the daily torrent of news. It soon turned into a  newsletter and its readership ballooned to more than 2 million  dedicated readers who rely on her plainspoken and informed take on the  present and past in America. In Democracy Awakening , Richardson  crafts a compelling and original narrative, explaining how, over the  decades, a small group of wealthy people have made war on American  ideals. By weaponizing language and promoting false history they have  led us into authoritarianism -- creating a disaffected population and  then promising to recreate an imagined past where those people could  feel important again. She argues that taking our country back starts by  remembering the elements of the nation’s true history that marginalized  Americans have always upheld. Their dedication to the principles on  which this nation was founded has enabled us to renew and expand our  commitment to democracy in the past. Richardson sees this history as a  roadmap for the nation’s future. Richardson’s talent is to  wrangle our giant, meandering, and confusing news feed into a coherent  story that singles out what we should pay attention to, what the  precedents are, and what possible paths lie ahead. In her trademark calm  prose, she is realistic and optimistic about the future of democracy.  Her command of history allows her to pivot effortlessly from the  Founders to the abolitionists to Reconstruction to Goldwater to Mitch  McConnell, highlighting the political legacies of the New Deal, the  lingering fears of socialism, the death of the liberal consensus and  birth of “movement conservatism.” Many books tell us what has  happened over the last five years. Democracy Awakening explains how we  got to this perilous point, what our history really tells us about  ourselves, and what the future of democracy can be.

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