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Posted on November 24, 2020

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By Michael Kazin

“One of the Best Books of the Year” Newsweek/The Daily Beast The New Republic The Progressive         “Illuminating. . . . Kazin’s ambition is to illustrate and argue, and he does both with exemplary skill. . . . A work of honest rigor. . . . Kazin…read more

American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation

A panoramic yet intimate history of the American left — of the reformers, radicals, and idealists who have fought for a more just and humane society, from the abolitionists to Michael Moore and Noam Chomsky — that gives us a revelatory new way of looking at two centuries of American…read more

The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

The Concise Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History

By Michael Kazin

Praise for The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, One of Choice’s Outstanding Academic Titles for 2010: “Encyclopedias are both invitations to explore and tools to find particular information. The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History amply fulfills both of those functions. . . . [M]any of [the] contributing historians,…read more

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s

By Michael Kazin

Isserman (If I Had a Hammer) and Kazin (The Populist Persuasion) are two of the keenest practitioners of the history of American people’s politics. Both came of age in the 1960s, and each has a genetic link, respectively, to the Old Left and the grand liberal tradition of the 1930s….read more

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan

By Michael Kazin

In American memory, the image of William Jennings Bryan, whom the Democrats nominated for President in 1896, 1900, and 1908, has been obscured by the pathetic, evolution-bashing Bible-thumper based on him in “Inherit the Wind.” And yet from the “Cross of Gold” speech, which stunned the 1896 Convention, until his…read more

The Populist Persuasion: An American History

The Populist Persuasion: An American History

By Michael Kazin

If populism now seems “something of a fashion statement,” Kazin (Barons of Labor) ably reveals its rich and textured history. Activists from varied backgrounds have sought to invoke and speak to the masses since the late-19th-century People’s Party mobilized agrarians and artisans. Kazin chronicles the place of populism in the…read more

Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in ...

“Kazin’s book is about far more than the construction industry: it also illuminates the social and political history of San Francisco… Gracefully written and adorned with evocative portraits of local political and labor

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The Port Huron Statement at 50

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

The Port Huron Statement of Students for a Democratic Society, written fifty years ago this June, is the most ambitious, the most specific, and the most eloquent manifesto in the history of the American Left. It is also, at just over 25,000 words, undoubtedly the longest one. But it had…

Michael Kazin on Roots of the Occupy Movement

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Interview by Eve Gerber at The Browser As police confront Occupy protesters, the history professor and co-editor of Dissent magazine looks back at US leftist movements from abolitionism to Vietnam to see where OWS came from and what it can learn from the past As the Occupy Wall Street movement…

Change the Public’s Thinking

Monday, October 10th, 2011

The protests that began on Wall Street and are spreading to dozens of American cities have been a long time in coming. Since the 1970s, economic inequality in the United States has increased, as unions declined and changes in the tax code benefited the rich. Even Alan Greenspan recognized, in…

Whatever Happened to the American Left?

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

SOMETIMES, attention should be paid to the absence of news. America’s economic miseries continue, with unemployment still high and home sales stagnant or dropping. The gap between the wealthiest Americans and their fellow citizens is wider than it has been since the 1920s. And yet, except for the demonstrations and…

What Happened to Labor?

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Not too long ago the labor movement and the left in America were close allies, but now, says historian Michael Kazin, labor has lost its voice and is under assault—and the Democrats have lost a vital force that they must reignite. The American left was once in love with the…

This Land Is Our Land: The Popular Front and American Culture

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Consider the words and images of the Great Depression that, alongside speeches by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, remain icons more than eighty years after the long slump began. “Once I built a railroad, / Made it run / Made it race against time / Once I built a railroad /…

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