Tuesday on Political Rewind, conventional wisdom states that we are living through an unprecedented era of crisis in America today. As the country looks to recover and heal through these tough times, does our history have any answers or lessons?

We discussed this topic with several top historians. Listen above.

Professor Joe Crespino said events from the past are useful lessons for today.

"We have been through incredible divisive times," Crespino said.  "We have faced enormous difficulties before, and I think in that sense history can be a good guide."

Professor Frederick Knight said the differences between then and now are as important as ever to consider.

"The challenge, however, is that there was a stronger constitutional check in the form of a Congress that was strongly tilted towards checking the president," Knight said.


Joe Crespino — Professor of American history and History Department Chairman, Emory University

Tamar Hallerman — Senior Reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constituition  

Frederick Knight — Professor, Morehouse College

Doug Shipman — former-CEO Atlanta Center for Civil and Human Rights