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“Mail Bombs Rocked American Politics a Century Ago. Here’s What a Historian Thinks That Moment Has to Teach Us,” TIME Magazine, October 26, 2018. 

After a week during which 13 packages containing explosive devices were intercepted on their way to prominent figures associated with the Democratic Party, authorities arrested suspect Cesar Sayoc on Friday. Although the apprehension may lead to some answers, authorities have warned that more mail bombs could still be working their way through the postal system, and the questions and anxiety that filled many Americans’ minds this week are unlikely to have abated. Read more here ...

“Gage’s Book inspires PBS documentary,” Yale Daily News, February 13, 2018

New York businessmen in suits and ties swarm the streets to survey the “war zone” unfolding in the nation’s financial center. Where a grand building once stood only rubble remains, and charred hats and shoes that once belonged to members of the business elite line the sidewalk. This is how Public Broadcasting Service’s latest “American Experience” documentary begins. More here....


The Bombing of Wall Street, American Experience/WGBH/PBS, February 2018

Stream the film of my book, The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror. AIRED FEBRUARY 13, 2018 The Bombing of Wall Street Film Description On September 16, 1920, as hundreds of Wall Street workers headed out for lunch, a horse-drawn cart packed with dynamite exploded in front of Morgan Bank — the world’s most powerful banking institution. The blast turned the nation’s financial center into a bloody war zone and left 38 dead and hundreds more seriously injured. As financial institutions around the country went on high alert, many wondered if this was the strike against American capitalism that radical agitators had threatened for so long. A mostly-forgotten act of terror that remains unsolved today, the bombing helped launch the career of a young J. Edgar Hoover and sparked a bitter national debate about how far the government should go to protect the nation from acts of political violence. Based on Beverly Gage’s The Day Wall Street Exploded: A Story of America in its First Age of Terror....







” A historian to lead Grand Strategy,” Yale Alumni Magazine, May/June 2017

The Brady-Johnson Program in Grand Strategy probably gets more outside press than any other course at Yale. But that’s not the reason history professor Beverly Gage ’94 is looking forward to her new post as its director. For Gage, the timing is the thing. With a Donald Trump presidency, she argues, what could be more essential than a program that studies effective leadership in a fast-changing world? Read more here....

“A Moral Call to Action on Poverty,” New Haven Independent, April 26, 2017

After spending years interviewing tenants and landlords and reporting on urban evictions, Matthew Desmond reached a conclusion that surprised him: Conventional liberal and conservative explanations that heap blame on everything from deindustrialization to out-of-wedlock childbirth overlook the actual root causes of poverty in this country. Read more here....









Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

I am honored to participate in The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution by the great Stanley Nelson. Broadcast on PBS Independent Lens February 16, 2016.  Watch the trailer here ...






The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

I am honored to be included in the new film The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, directed by the great documentary filmmaker Stanley Nelson. Read about the film here Watch the trailer here...

Crises of the 1970s, AHA panel, January 2, 2015

Panelists talked about the social changes of the 1970s, including the effects of Watergate and the Vietnam War, as well as the rise in divorce rates and drug incarceration.  View the panel here....

New York Magazine: 53 (!) Historians Weigh In on Obama’s Legacy, January

“It’s a fool’s errand you’re involved in,” warned Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood when approached recently by this magazine to predict Barack Obama’s historical legacy. “We live in a fog, and historians decades from now will tell their society what was happening in 2014. But we don’t know the future. No one in 1952, for example, could have predicted the reputation of Truman a half-century or so later.” Read more....































“What Kind of Temperament is Best?” TIME, October 16, 2008

TIME recently gathered four presidential historians--George Mason University's Richard Norton Smith, Yale University's Beverly Gage, and Russell Riley and David Coleman of the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia--to discuss presidential temperament: what it is, who had it and how much it matters in the White House. An excerpt of their conversation: Gage: What people are trying to get at when they use the word temperament is something along the lines of instinct--how someone approaches a situation and particularly, I think, how someone approaches a crisis. Read the rest....