For years President Andrew Jackson was locked in a battle over Indian lands with a Cherokee chief. NPR’s Steve Inskeep on the history of that rivalry, how it led to the "Trail of Tears" and helped set the stage for the Civil War.
As the first black president of the “Harvard Law Review,” Barack Obama received an advance from a publisher in 1995 to write a book. He decided to tell the story of his family in the hopes it might help people understand the fissures of race, class, and identity in America. Diane invites listeners to join a Readers’ Review of our 44th President’s first memoir.
- Kate Lehrer author, most recently of "Confessions of a Bigamist."
- Mark Whitaker senior vice president & Washington bureau chief, NBC News
- Lisa Page freelance writer who teaches creative writing at George Washington University.
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