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Half Hour of Heterodoxy

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Social psychologist Chris Martin talks about civility, polarization, truth, ideology, and pedagogy with Jon Haidt, John McWhorter, Alice Dreger, Glenn Loury, Cristine Legare, and others


Episode 43: Kevin Kruse, America’s Fault Lines

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

Kevin M. Kruse on Twitter

Other Books by Kevin M. Kruse

Other Books by Julian Zelizer’s Books

Books That We Discussed

Neil J. Young – We Gather Together: The Religious Right and the Problem of Interfaith Politics

Thomas E. Mann & Norm Ornstein – It’s Even Worse Than It Looks: How the American Constitutional System Collided with the New Political Extremism 

E. J. Dionne – Why the Right Went Wrong: Conservatism—From Goldwater to the Tea Party and Beyond

Julian Zelizer – Arsenal of Democracy: The Politics of National Security: From World War II to the War on Terrorism

George Fredrickson – Racism: A Short History

John Higham – Strangers in the Land: Patterns of American Nativism, 1860-1925

Linda Gordon – The Second Coming of the KKK: The Ku Klux Klan of the 1920s and the American Political Tradition

Donald Critchlow- Phyllis Schlafly and Grassroots Conservatism: A Woman’s Crusade

Books by Geoffrey Kabaservice


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