A neglected but vital element of American political history has been populism. This seminar will explore how populism has influenced the course of our past, from the 18th century to the present. Participants will look at the Anti-Federalists, nineteenth-century social movements, radicals during the Progressive Era, Joe McCarthy, the New Right, and contemporary activists ranging from Pat Buchanan to Ralph Nader. Of course, the seminar will also look at “capital P” Populist late-nineteenth-century agrarian rebels. In the process, participants will try to define small p” populism and see whether or not the label really works as an analytical category.
Seminar led by Robert Johnston, University of Illinois at Chicago