Marcus M. Witcher, 20th Century U.S. History
Department of History, Huntingdon College 

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Book Promotion and C-Span Appearance - Fall 2019

In the Fall of 2019 I delivered six invited lectures to promote my book. I spoke to students at the University of Alabama, Samford University, Faulkner College, and Huntingdon College. I also spoke at the Institute for Humane Studies and the Montgomery, Alabama chapter of the Federalist Society. C-Span filmed my talk to the Federalist Society and it aired nationally as part of their "Lectures in History" Series. It can be found here.

In the Fall of 2019, Dr. Rachel Ferguson interviewed me for the Hammond Institute for Free Enterprise's  "Connections: Conversations that Matter." In the interview, I answer questions about the nature of conservative frustration with Reagan. We covered a wide range of topics including conservative opposition to the INF Treaty, the AIDS epidemic, the role of racial campaigning in 1980, economic policy and more.

Public Outreach for Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016

In promoting my book, Getting Right with Reagan: The Struggle for True Conservatism, 1980-2016, I have done several radio interviews and public talks. In May 2019, I appeared on three radio shows in the St. Louis area. You can listen to one of the radio interviews here and here.

Langenberg Speaker Series

I was also invited to deliver a public talk on the book as part of the Langenberg Speaker Series (video available here). The title of my talk was "Reagan, Conservatives, and the End of the Cold War." I recounted the story of how many conservatives were actually frustrated with Reagan's handling of the Cold War - especially with his signing of the INF Treaty. 

Washington Post Made By History

On the first day of the Republican National Convention in 2020, I published an op-ed in the Washington Post's Made by History Section in which I argued that the Republican Party needed to reflect on the future of the party following Trump's likely defeat in November. Drawing on the 1992 RNC, I argue that Trump's conservatism is most similar to Pat Buchanan's conservatism and that the GOP should reject it. 

Washington Examiner Op-Ed

During the Trump impeachment proceedings I wrote an op-ed arguing that the Republican Party and the Conservative Movement need Ronald Reagan and his legacy more than ever. Despite his flaws, Reagan offered a much more acceptable form of conservatism and was good on trade and immigration.

Washington Post Made by History

Following the release of a tape in which then Governor Reagan made racist comments to President Nixon, I wrote an op-ed arguing that racist appeals were not the reason for Reagan's electoral success - despite him using such tactics on the campaign trail. The op-ed drew on research from the Reagan and Carter Libraries. I am currently working on a book on the 1980 presidential election in the South.

During the primary in the summer of 2019, Joe Biden got himself in trouble by bringing up his work with segregationist Senators. My op-ed traces the relationship between President Carter and segregationists and argued that while Biden shouldn't have brought up his work with segregationist to oppose federally mandated busing, his larger point - that politicians need to work across party and ideological lines - was true. 

Graduate School Symposium
Fall 2018, I was asked to speak on a panel on the GRE. The purpose of the symposium was to provide information to students who were interested in attending graduate school. Here is a link to the symposium.

"Why History? Important Lessons for Everyman and Everywoman"

Spring 2018, Delivered at the University of Central Arkansas. My goal was to communicate to business students why the study of history is important - even to them. Here is a link to my public talk.