Kevin M. Kruse, historian at Princeton University is my guest on this episode. He’s the author of White Flight: Atlanta and the Making of Modern Conservatism, published in 2005, and One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America, published in 2015. He and his colleague at Princeton, Julian Zelizer, have a new book coming out January 9th titled Fault Lines: A History of the U.S. Since 1974. It evolved from a course taught by Kruse and Zelizer at Princeton. We talk about Fault Lines in today’s episode.
0:00 What intrigues students about this period
9:00 Network, Nashville, Wall Street, Wargames
15:20 Revisiting White Flight
20:00 Abortion politics and evangelicals
28:20 Books by Norm Ornstein and Thomas Mann; and E. J. Dionne
35:30 Scorched earth politics, Obama’s naive hope of bipartisanship
42:00 Preparing students for misinformation
45:00 Kevin recommends books on racism in America
51:30 Kevin’s next book
Fault Lines: A History of the U.S. Since 1974 by Kevin M. Kruse and Julian Zelizer
Syllabus for the Princeton course on U.S. history since 1974
Books That We Discussed
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