Season 1: The Future of America's Past: Season 1

Join Ed Ayers — award-winning historian and co-host of the hit podcast BackStory — as he travels to places that define the most misunderstood parts of America’s past. Visit sites Americans struggle to discuss — and learn from National Park Service interpreters, museum educators, and cutting-edge guides how they engage a diverse public with the fullness of our nation’s history.

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The Future of America's Past

A Grave Injustice

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, 110,000 Japanese-American citizens were arrested.

A Grave Injustice

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The Future of America's Past

Lines in the Sand

Texas has long been a place of cross-cultural exchange. How did Texas become Texas?

Lines in the Sand

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The Future of America's Past

The Fire of a Movement

In 1911, a factory in New York City burst into flames and 146 workers perished.

The Fire of a Movement

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The Future of America's Past

Freedom's Fortress

At Virginia’s Fort Monroe, we discover the spot where where slavery began.

Freedom's Fortress