OAH Distinguished Lecturer Profile

James T. Patterson

Portrait of James T. Patterson

James T. Patterson is the Ford Foundation Professor of History emeritus at Brown University, where he taught for thirty years. His research interests include political, legal, and social history, as well as the history of medicine, race relations, and education. His publications include America in the Twentieth Century (5th edition, 2000); The Dread Disease: Cancer and Modern American Culture (1987); Bancroft Prize winner, Grand Expectations: The United States, 1945-1974 (1996); America’s Struggle Against Poverty in the Twentieth Century (2000); Brown v. Board of Education: A Civil Rights Milestone and Its Troubled Legacy (2001); Restless Giant: The United States from Watergate to 9/11 (2005); Freedom Is Not Enough: The Moynihan Report and America’s Struggle over Black Family Life from LBJ to Obama (2010); and The Eve of Destruction: How 1965 Transformed America (2012).

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