In the period between the American Civil War and the Russian Revolution of 1905, American and Russian travel writers wrote home about their encounters abroad. At first the observations were mostly positive. But as time went on the writings became increasingly hostile. Margarita Marinova (Christopher Newport University), in her new book, says these negative characterizations became the basis for a mutual rhetoric of hate common during the Cold War.
Also featured: Charles Errico (Northern Virginia Community College) is the co-editor of a two-volume anthology of essays by some of America’s most eminent historians. He believes that teachers should humanize American history by portraying it through the stories of real people to whom students can relate.