OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

Jennifer Delton

Portrait of Jennifer Delton

Jennifer Delton is the Douglas Family Chair in American Culture, History, and Literary and Interdisciplinary Studies at Skidmore College. She studies the political, racial, and economic history of the United States in the twentieth century, and offers courses on U.S. foreign policy, the rise and fall of U.S. liberalism and conservatism, the Cold War, race and ethnicity, and American business history. She is the author of Making Minnesota Liberal: Civil Rights and the Transformation of the Democratic Party (2002), Racial Integration and Corporate America, 1940–1990 (2009), and Rethinking the 1950s: How Anticommunism and the Cold War Made America Liberal (2014). She is currently writing a history of manufacturing in the twentieth-century United States.

Featured Lecture

OAH Lectures

A central paradox in recent U.S. history is that as the United States became more diverse, connoting a certain kind of progress, it also became more economically unequal, signifying to many a regression. This lecture considers how the political/economic policies of the 1990s and beyond contributed to this apparent paradox and led to the rise of Trump.
Examines the factors that contributed to the political/economic dominance of liberalism in the twentieth century United States.