CBS Sunday Morning: Voting Rights Comments for MLK Day

Nearly six decades after John Lewis, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, and others fought “Jim Crow” laws that blocked some Americans from the ballot box, leading to the Voting Rights Act of 1965, voting rights are under siege again. Historian and bestselling author Douglas Brinkley talks about recent Republican-led efforts to restrict access to our…


MSNBC Commentary on January 6th Anniversary

Many are still trying to figure out how and what exactly happened leading up to the U.S Capitol riot a year ago. MSNBC’s Craig Melvin is joined by Presidential Historian Douglas Brinkley and RNC Chairman Michael Steele to discuss the insurrection and the mixed ways the country has reacted to it a year later.

WBUR/NPR: Radio Interview on Jan 6th Anniversary

For historian Douglas Brinkley, Jan. 6 is a day to remember why it’s important to fight for democracy. An outgoing president inciting a riot at the Capitol is historically significant, he says, and Americans need to remember this event for years to come. “It’s a dark day on the calendar of American history,” he says.…


Keynote talk: JFK and the Great Space Race

Douglas Brinkley speaking at the 2019 Rancho Mirage Writers Festival on his new book American Moonshot: John F. Kennedy and the Great Space Race, that revisits this important chapter in America’s history. In 1961, President John F. Kennedy began a dramatic expansion of the U.S. space program and committed the nation to the ambitious goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade.