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From the American Revolution to the Civil War to the Great Depression and two world wars, crisis after crisis has shaped and defined our nation. Looking back on these conflicts and studying this history is the only way to understand our past and prepare for our unpredictable future, argues author Jay Sexton in his latest book A Nation Forged by Crisis: A New American History.

Sexton is the Kinder Institute Chair in Constitutional Democracy at the University of Missouri and emeritus fellow at Corpus Christi College, Oxford University. Early in his career, Sexton served as an intern at the Truman Library, and some two decades later he is circling back as a featured public programs speaker. Sexton is also the author of Debtor Diplomacy: Finance and American Foreign Relations in the Civil War Era, 1837-1873 and The Monroe Doctrine: Empire and Nation in Nineteenth-Century America.

Sexton’s program will analyze our nation’s story through global conflicts and crises, with a special emphasis on the tumultuous period during Harry S. Truman’s presidency. Sexton will also provide a non-partisan analysis of how changes in power relations and the international economy have affected the United States in recent years and how it will impact our nation’s trajectory going forward.

This program is presented in partnership with the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, the Truman Library Institute and the Kinder Institute on Constitutional Democracy.  It will be preceded by a free wine reception and followed by a book-signing, with copies of “A Nation Forged by Crisis” available in the Museum Store. This public program is free, but RSVPs are requested: http://12130.thankyou4caring.org/events/a-nation-forged-by-crisis