Historian filibuster discussion May 26

Thu, 05/20/2021 - 2:30pm

    Historian Heather Cox Richardson, a summer visitor, whose roots in Bristol date back to colonial days, will participate in an online  Community Conversation on "To Filibuster or Not to Filibuster: The History and Implications of Congressional Rules" to take place on Wednesday, May 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Viewing details can be found here: https://lincolncountydemocrats.com/filibuster

    Richardson will consider the history and development of the congressional rule known as the filibuster. She will share her perspective on the tradeoffs and options for the Biden administration regarding this congressional rule, as they work to move forward the next big agenda items in their plan to deliver for the American people.

    "Maine's very own Heather Cox Richardson continues to dazzle and educate her readers with her perspectives on current events as she weaves historical context into her daily online newsletter, entitled, "Letters from an American (https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/)," with more than 600,000 subscribers! We are so pleased that Professor Richardson will be joining us again to share her insight," shared Jan John of Bristol, the event organizer.

    Richardson is a professor of history at Boston College, where she has taught since 2011. Prior to that she taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and MIT.   

    After growing up in Yarmouth, she graduated from Phillips Exeter Academy and Harvard University, from which she received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees. She specializes in the American Civil War, its aftermath, and the history of ideological battles within the Republican Party, and she has written six books. Her latest is “How the South Won the Civil War: Oligarchy, Democracy, and the Continuing Fight for the Soul of America.”

    Prof. Richardson will speak first, providing background and context, followed by Q&A moderated by Kelli Whitlock Burton of Waldoboro, vice-chair of the Lincoln County Democratic Committee and co-leader of Suit Up Maine.

    Because this event cannot be held in person and to keep the online audio uninterrupted, the audience should submit questions ahead of time through an online form found at https://lincolncountydemocrats.com/questions.

    The public is welcome to attend this Lincoln County Community Conversations event, an opportunity for constructive dialog sponsored by the Lincoln County Democratic Committee. This series of community forums and discussions on topics of concern to Lincoln County residents was founded in the belief that friendly discussion and sharing of facts and opinions is a bridge to a stronger community. For more information, please contact John at janjohn1us@yahoo.com or 207-529-6502.