AHTV is at the American Historical Association's annual conference this weekend in Boston. On Saturday, panelists debate American society in the1980s. Historically, the decade became a critical moment for both the political right and left. It was also a decade defined by the presidency of Ronald Reagan. University of Wisconsin professor Jeremi Suri moderates the panel with commentary provided by Michael Kazin of Georgetown University.
On Sunday, we feature a roundtable discussion on government secrecy. How does a democracy balance the public’s right to know against the need to preserve national security? Historians from the State Department and George Washington University’s National Security Archive give historical perspective to this persistent question.