“It shakes the very foundation of American History”
Why don’t some Americans want to think of George Washington as a slave-owner – and was he? Activist & lawyer, Michael Coard tells Lucy Worsley what he thinks the truth could mean for both Washington’s – and America’s legacy.
Alternative facts aren’t new to American political history: they’re the making of it. The American Revolution; The Civil War; The American Dream: how many half-truths lie behind these moments and mottos that define America? British historian Lucy Worsley (chief curator of the Royal Palaces) digs deep into US past, to find the cynical motives, divisions and darkness that lies behind the legends.
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In Search of Frida Kahlo
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The Mystery of the Missing Princess
The staggering story of the Middle Eastern princess attempting to escape her life.
Charles and Di – The Truth Behind Their Wedding
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Shock of The Nude
Peek behind the fig leaf to find the truth behind the nude in art.
Britain’s Forgotten Slave Owners
People as property: historian David Olusoga on the untold stories of British slavery.
Fall of an Icon
Why is an iconic Nobel Peace Prize winner fighting accusations of genocide?
A Black and White Killing
A murder that shook America to its core. What’s behind alleged racist killings in the U.S.?
Putin – A Russian Spy Story
He wanted to be a Russian James Bond. His presidency reads like a spy thriller.
The Rise of the Murdoch Dynasty
A story of succession. Rupert Murdoch and the sibling rivalry to inherit his empire.
Gender fluid generation: Meet the people challenging the binary.
Louis Theroux: Selling Sex
Oldest profession, new rules. Louis Theroux gets between the sheets of the sex industry.
All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace
We were sold technology as a Utopia. The dream failed, says Adam Curtis: the machines won.
Me and My Penis
Penises. What’s it like to have one? Lose one? Want one? Taboo-shattering TV.
Grayson Perry’s Big American Roadtrip
Britain’s most unpredictable artist, Grayson Perry, sits America down for its portrait.
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