Distinguished Lecturers
Dorothy Sue Cobble

Dorothy Sue Cobble

A distinguished professor of history and labor studies emerita at Rutgers University, Dorothy Sue Cobble specializes in twentieth-century politics and social movements. She is the author of multiple prize-winning books and articles. Her most recent book, For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality (2021), is a history of the twentieth-century feminists who fought for the rights of women, workers, and the poor in the United States and abroad. She is the recipient of fellowships from, among others, the American Council for Learned Societies, Russell Sage Foundation, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the Charles Warren Center at Harvard University, and the Swedish Research Council. She won the Sol Stetin Award for Career Achievement in Labor History from the Sidney Hillman Foundation in 2010. She held the 2016 Kerstin Hesselgren Professorship at Stockholm University, and in 2017, Stockholm University awarded her an Honorary Doctorate in Social Science. Currently, she is writing on US worker movements for egalitarian democracy and how labor thinkers of the past can help us reimagine a fairer, more inclusive America. 

NEW IN 2021: For the Many: American Feminists and the Global Fight for Democratic Equality (Princeton University Press)

OAH Lectures by Dorothy Sue Cobble

In this talk, Cobble traces the surprising persistence of the myth of working-class conservatism. She explores the origins of the myth and the political and cultural effects of its popularity. Drawing on voting patterns and other evidence, she refutes the prevalent stereotypes about workers and makes a case for the progressive political sensibilities present among America's working classes.

A politics for the many, not the few, predominated among American women over much of the twentieth century. In 1948, American historian Richard Hofstadter penned his classic text, The American Political Tradition and the Men Who Made It. This lecture tells a different story -- a story of how women made American politics and how women's activism shifted America and the world toward equality and social democracy.

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