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  • Originally published 08/14/2017

    Making Affirmative Action White Again

    Ira Katznelson

    Any decision to reorient the Civil Rights Division would be based on the fiction that we already possess a level playing field.

  • Originally published 02/27/2017

    Does It Matter Who the Secretary of Labor Is?

    T.R.C. Hutton

    Most of the people who have filled the position, whatever their intentions, have been largely ineffectual with the exception of Frances Perkins, who served the longest, during the New Deal.

  • Originally published 07/02/2015

    A New Deal for Greece?

    Bill Kelson

    Like the Roosevelt administration of the 1930s, Syriza and its coalition partners want to break Greece out of a straightjacket of budgetary constraints.

  • Originally published 05/09/2013

    Ira Katznelson: The Racist History of the New Deal

    Robin Lindley

    WPA Poster, 1935.When Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected president in 1932, the United States faced uncertainty and imminent peril at home and abroad. The unemployment rate was 25 percent. Systems of credit and banking were broken and the stock market had lost 80 percent of its value since the 1929 crash. Factories were abandoned. Thousands of families lost their homes. There was no social safety net for millions of impoverished men, women and children. At the same time, liberal democracies struggled as brutal dictatorships in Germany, Russia and Italy flourished, and some Americans feared complete disintegration of the social order and revolution.

  • Originally published 03/19/2013

    David Woolner: FDR -- Minimum Wage Critics "Hopelessly Reactionary"

    David Woolner is Senior Fellow and Hyde Park Resident Historian at the Roosevelt Institute, and Associate Professor of History at Marist CollegeOur Nation so richly endowed with natural resources and with a capable and industrious population should be able to devise ways and means of insuring to all our able-bodied working men and women a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work. A self-supporting and self-respecting democracy can plead no justification for the existence of child labor, no economic reason for chiseling workers’ wages or stretching workers’ hours.Enlightened business is learning that competition ought not to cause bad social consequences which inevitably react upon the profits of business itself. All but the hopelessly reactionary will agree that to conserve our primary resources of man power, government must have some control over maximum hours, minimum wages, the evil of child labor and the exploitation of unorganized labor. –FDR, May 1937

  • Originally published 05/16/2018

    Why Do Some People Hate College?

    Steve Hochstadt

    Decades of conservative attacks on higher education have succeeded in creating an image of the college teacher as radical, elitist, unpatriotic, and intellectually dictatorial. The students who marched in their robes across the Illinois College campus Sunday, and tens of thousands of students marching across America, know better.

  • Originally published 04/17/2016

    C-SPAN Interview: Book Discussion on Political Animals

    Stone Age Brain

    Author Rick Shenkman talked about his book, Political Animals: How Our Stone-Age Brain Gets in the Way of Smart Politics, about how voters' instincts are a factor in the 2016 presidential campaign.