tv Call-in with David Mc Cullough The American Spirit CSPAN October 14, 2017 12:55am-1:21am EDT
greatest library in the world. and we did it. if you ever get down about american culture, you might like to remember that there's still more public libraries in this country than there are starbuc starbucks. [laughter] >> thank you very much. this is been a great conversation. >> thank you. [applause] [applause] >> david, his most recent book is called the american spirit. who we are and what we stand for. if you want to talk you can call him.
you're familiar with his work and his books, john adams, harry truman. the wright brothers, that's just a couple of the books he is written. the greater journey is the name of that book. to know you want to ask him? we can facilitate that conversation. jeanette florida, you're a book tv with historian david mccullough. >> caller: hello. i love your work in effect here in sarasota about a year ago and i wanted you to autograph my john adams book but i couldn't get a ticket. but my question, when you are writing about abigail adams, we all know john adams wife was
about the most liberal lady in america, but when she was in england and she went to see a fellow, she said some things that she felt were prejudice that she didn't know were there. she talked about how black othello was the blackest man she had ever seen. she was repulsed by the fact that othello was touching in the moment she called othello the city. >> what would you like him to respond to? >> i would like him to respond will that come i don't know if it's really a question. >> okay thank you very much jeanette. david. >> guest: first well, i'm
unaware of the incident talking about. but, i do know that abigail adams was passionately convinced and dedicated abolitionists. she and her husband was the only founding father who became a president who never owned a slave. largely because she was so adamant on the subject. it was the next president to never owned a slave was her son, john quincy adams. if she ever did say anything like you're talking about, that was something i'm not aware of, but her actions often speak louder than words. >> would you agree that she was a liberal for her time? >> no, i don't think she was a liberal. she was a puritan and they were
adamantly for education most against slavery for freedom of religion and for opportunity and they weren't bunch of stiffnecked on emotional people as they are often pretrade. in many respects appear to traditions world bedrock superstructure of our country and way of life. and abigail adams was one of the bravest women of her times. she looked after her family while her husband was away as ambassador in europe. under oldest son was also gone. she minded the home and farm and she kept it going which is one of the best writers of that era of anybody. the letters are phenomenal. she's one of the truly most
animal women that extraordinary informative time. >> bob is calling in from pennsylvania. good afternoon. . . afternoon, a pleasure to ask you a question. i enjoy your writing and your speaking very much. can you describe a typical day when you are at home, you live on the vineyard. your writings, what you do during the course of the day. >> i like to get up early, my favorite part of the day the early morning. when i was working on my book about harry truman. i read how he took a walk every >>
>> and then i work all morning and then i have some lunch and go back to work very often in seven days a week and the time goes by faster that way than anything i do. i love my work i don't play golf or tennis the and not the big sailor i just enjoy my work. so i am sketching or paintingic if the weather is good vendee evening i have dinner then i read and go to bed.
and then to write two pages to pages double spaced that is all right for the time being so then when i finish a chapter is about 35 pages i put all of those together and if it is good weather i find and vice chair and sit under a tree and then i show them a brilliant editor how to make acceptable. one of the requirements to via writer is a good editor of yourself so learn to edit yourself.
>> host: to use a typewriter?. >> the manual typewriter which i bought when i started my first book more than 50 years ago he manual typewriter second hand when i bought it i paid $75 for it was 25 years old. i have written everything on that typewriter every article, a speech, of book and there is nothing wrong withsp it. full service for over 50 years i have to change the rhythm and once in while the other the mat they had no notion about its obsolescence. there is nothing obsolete about it. is a marvelous machine but
maybe sometimes they think it is writing the book. >> the next caller comes from hawaii. >> caller:. >> how are you? aloha. the question was as a personal aside i feel the will of the american voters twice in the last 16 years because of the electoral college. in hiss opinion is there any future for the electoral college in america's future. >> guest: a very good question mrs. clinton received almost 3 million votes and more than voted
for president trump. i don't talk about something i doubt know as much but my sense is we need to reexamine the process and do that seriously because in a violation. >> winning a pulitzer prize the next call comes from connecticut. >> caller: so first in 1776 following bad up with john adams finally put a lot
of work on that as well but if there was any desire at all on that part that would make a fantastic miniseries with that consideration on yourur part. >> not only is it under consideration but a number of people to do important work on the idea. tom hanks is interested to have a very important role in this creation of the john adams miniseries on hbo. so i do hope that it will have been. >> how much running the country between the george
washington presidency?. >> and to have some issues to settle. but it lasted as long as the war. people don't understand eight in a half years except b and on that is the longest except for vietnam. end people we're going to jail for that. and that was known as shays' rebellion. and the northwest ordinance passed by the congress.
as a new book on the northwest territory coming out?. h >>. >> en next call comes from maryland. >> caller:. >> are you with us. >> caller:. >> we will move on. let's go to california. we are listening. go-ahead in. >> caller: hello. i have read several of your books one of my fondest memories is went off you did a political realm table can you talk about that for a minute? of course david is
no longer living to share those innermost thoughts and feelings and that was a delight of my professional life. and he was always full of good cheer spending his summers on the island in nantucket when i went to give a talk which i don't very often to take a stroll on the main street. but a car came along with the window pulldown and the
voice shouted get off the island there isn't enough room for two of us. [laughter] so there is surely a good guy per girl he never let the importance go to his head? that is what we all needed. so don't get too full of ourselves the matter who we are or what we do. >> how anonymous can you be these days?. >> i enjoy it i don't mind people stopping to talk or shake my hand. i likemi that i've always liked being with people and was raised to be open to everybody. but when i am lecturing i try to encourage students to do talk to people and ask
questions to never meet anyone that knows something that you don't know irrespective of education or opportunity. don't turn your back. >> host: watching our live coverage thisri year you saw david mccullough earlier in with 2500on people in a room waiting in line on the set quite a crowd has gathered. delaware go-ahead. >> caller: this is ann honor to speak with you. as one of our most beloved and a noted historians can you comment on the most elevated efforts to take down the national statutes
-- statues that tested over 150 years?. >> this is a complicated and emotionally chargedan issue. when that was created it has a great deal to do whether or not if they should come down so oh the heroes of the confederacy put up in the 1890's were at a time when racism was rampant in the southcom black people were hanged, it was awful on the ideal of equality. if the monument erected from george washington who owned slaves then i say no.
that is how they felt about the subject that was very different. keeping in mind the civil lawyer was fought on the principle of slavery was evil and had to stop. to say no that slavery is alll right. more than any we have never been involved and to ignore that one side was right and the other was wrong is without romanticism. and here we are on our nation's capital.
one of the most important figures. but i think there ought to be statutes for the most gifted and devoted and influential teachers in our country in every city that we have been in every town. they're doing the most important and they have all along. we don't celebrate them enough. >> host: the last call comes from texas. g r conditions down there. >> caller: good afternoon. thank you for asking. we were fortunate the storm went 30 miles west we got
some of that they got the brunt of that but thank you for asking. >> all of us should chip in and help contribute to those who are in desperate need. >> also it houston for a while and to be as diverse but my a question a is so that electorate national candidates have zero television changes have rigo for people know we're in a situation with social media, a television and a
generation has grown up with that. and when people voted the futurefu that change is the electorate based on this. >> host: we are close on time we have enough to work with. >> guest: very important question we will never really a understand the impact but i for one thing the first amendment is of bedrock foundations for the whole way of life and the journalist who is governing this presidency the journalist of print and on
television with electronic means of communication with some exceptions have done a superbav job under doing a superb job to get far more credit than they do. so we have to remember that type of coverage is essential to our way of life. >> host: his most recent book the american spirit. his book is on the -- next book is on the northwest territory. . >> this is before cable television it was before cnn
or msnbc or pockets of cable or reruns of "i love lucy." there was the big media and c-span so to give special orders in a five minute speech to be carried over cable in to 100,000 homes around the country so when gingrich said i will give a speech to 100,000 people that is the orders from every afternoon. that quickly becomes a colts