Program Details

Does the Left Have a Future?

Michael Kazin
Politics / Current Events
Video Catch-up

Course Description

Nearly everywhere in Europe and the United States, the left is mired in crisis: its intellectuals and activists strike defensive poses and debate how to revive the fortunes of a cause whose adherents once believed they could and would shape the future. Michael Kazin, an expert in U.S. politics and social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, discusses how this crisis occurred and reflects on how the left, both radical and liberal, might move forward again.

About the Instructor

  • Michael Kazin, PhD, is a professor of history at Georgetown University and editor of Dissent. He is the award-winning author of War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918; American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation; A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan; America Divided: The Civil War of the 1960s (with Maurice Isserman); The Populist Persuasion: An American History; and Barons of Labor. In addition, he is editor-in-chief of The Princeton Encyclopedia of American Political History, co-editor of the Anthology Americanism, and editor of In Search of Progressive America. Kazin has contributed to The Washington Post, The Nation, Democracy, The New York Times Book Review, Foreign Affairs, and many other publications and websites.

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