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Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is an American historian and professor at Georgetown University and is co-editor of Dissent magazine. Kazin’s research interests are American social movements of the 19th and 20th centuries, and he has authored books on labor history (Barons of Labor: The San Francisco Building Trades and Union Power in the Progressive Era); populism (The Populist Persuasion: An American History), and William Jennings Bryan, (A Godly Hero: The Life of William Jennings Bryan). Kazin wrote an unsympathetic review of Howard Zinn’s 1980 book A People’s History of the United States, with the comment: “Bad history, albeit gilded with virtuous intentions.” His latest book War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 was published by Simon and Schuster on November 1, 2016. Kazin graduated from Dwight-Englewood School in 1966 and received the school’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. He received a B.A. in Social Studies from Harvard University, an M.A. in History from Portland State University, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University. 

Guest Appearances
June 28, 2018

Fire in a Crowded Theater

Ken White explores the origins of the phrase “You can’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded theater” and whether or not it actually calls for exceptions to the First Amendment.


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