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American Forum - First Year 2017: Race, the Presidency, and the Limits of the Bully Pulpit

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Douglas Blackmon, Russell Riley
February 21, 2017
11:00AM - 12:15PM (EST)

Douglas Blackmon
Douglas Blackmon

Russell Riley
Russell Riley

PBS World Channel National Broadcast: Virginia, March 5, 2017/Nationally, March 8, 2017

Douglas Blackmon is executive producer and host of the Miller Center's American Forum, and the Pulitzer-Prize winning author of, Slavery by Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II. For many years, Blackmon was the Wall Street Journal's Atlanta Bureau Chief and then senior national correspondent. Blackmon and a team of Wall Street Journal reporters and editors were finalists for another Pulitzer Prize in 2010 for their investigation into the causes of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that year.

Russell Riley is an associate professor and cochair of the Miller Center’s Presidential Oral History Program. He is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on elite oral history interviewing, the contemporary American presidency and the politics of race. Since 2003, he has led the William J. Clinton Presidential History Project, interviewing more than 100 former Clinton-era officials, including leading members of Congress and foreign heads of state. He is the author of The Presidency and the Politics of Racial Inequality: Nation-Keeping from 1831 to 1965, coeditor of Governing at Home: The White House and Domestic Policymaking, and coeditor of 42: Inside the Presidency of Bill Clinton. Riley’s most-recent book is Inside the Clinton White House.

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