“Toward A More Perfect Union” Speaker Series

"Toward A More Perfect Union" Speaker Series

The U.S. Capitol Historical Society has launched Toward a More Perfect Union, a biweekly speaker series examining the historic role of Congress in the journey toward defining the ideal of a “perfect union” in American society.

Centered on the ongoing struggle for equality and justice in the United States, Toward a More Perfect Union engages writers, historians, and practitioners in discussion of a variety of recurring questions in American civic life. Over the course of the series, we will consider the social and legislative context of the evolution of voting rights, issues of representation, access to education, economic empowerment, and more.

Registration for these virtual events is free and open to the public.

Scheduled Topics

11/19/2020: Institutional Trust with Dr. Yuval Levin
VIDEO       password: Trust#Nov19

12/3/2020:  Driving Institutional Change with Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Lucinda Robb
VIDEO       password: Playbook!12-3

12/17/2020: Issues of Class in Political Participation with Dr. Daniel Laurison and Dr. Eleanor Powell

VIDEO      password: Participation12-17

1/7/2021: Education as a Civil Right The Attack on the Capitol with Derek W. Black

VIDEO      password: Infamy1-6-21

1/28/2021:  Voting Rights: Then and Now with Dr. Hasan Jeffries and Jay Augustine REGISTER

2/4/2021: The Lasting Impact of Slavery with Dr. Manisha Sinha REGISTER

2/18/2021: Jim Crow and Segregation
3/4/2021: Participation of Women in Government
4/1/2021: Tribal Sovereignty
4/15/2021: Economic and Educational Opportunity for Native Americans
4/29/2021: Economic Empowerment and Access to Capital
5/13/2021: Immigration in the 18th and 19th Centuries
5/27/2021: Immigration in the 20th and 21st Centuries

IMAGE: Construction of the Capitol Dome, ca. May 1861, from the Benjamin Brown French collection at the Library of Congress.

DOWNLOAD POSTER (PDF): Toward a More Perfect Union–Poster Final