#8 - History wars and Mandela's speech for reconciliation
Today's episode from 16th July 2021. First, there’s a battle to tell America’s origin story through a particular lens. But history isn’t in the business of self-congratulation or self-flagellation. It’s in the truth business. And shortly after, it's Mandela Day on Sunday so we're looking back at one of his most famous speeches. The battles over the country’s founding myths did not begin with ‘woke’ activists but have been there from the start. Renowned historian Simon Schama reflects on the tragic complexity of race in the history of the American revolution. Sam Leith turns to a golden oldie: Nelson Mandela’s inauguration address, which was concise and concentrated in its rhetorical charge. Wake up with Curio is a different kind of morning show that gives you the context behind the news and gets you motivated for the day ahead, every Monday - Friday.
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