Robert Brent Toplin

Robert Brent Toplin

Robert Brent Toplin is the author of several books on history, politics, and film including Radical Conservatism: The Right's Political Religion (2006), Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11": How One Film Divided a Nation (2006), Reel History: In Defense of Hollywood (2002), Oliver Stone's USA: Film, History, and Controversy (2000), and History by Hollywood: The Use and Abuse of the American Past (1996, 2010). He has served as the editor of film reviews for the Journal of American History as well as the "Masters of the Movies" series in the American Historical Association's Perspectives on History. He has made numerous appearances as a commentator on history and film for cbs, pbs, the History Channel, cspan, the Turner Classic Movies Channel, and National Public Radio, and he has served as a principal creator of historical dramas that appeared nationally on pbs, the Disney Channel, and Starz. He is an emeritus professor of history at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and an adjunct professor of history at the University of Virginia.

Lectures

  • "The Economy, Stupid": How the Clash of Economic Arguments in Presidential Elections Since 1980 Has Affected the Well-Being of America's Working People *
  • Fake News from Thomas Jefferson's Time to 2016 *
  • History by Hollywood: The Movies’ Influence on Public Opinion
  • The Great Depression and the Great Recession: Did We Learn from History?
  • Michael Moore's “Fahrenheit 9/11”: How One Film Divided a Nation
  • The Power of Words: The Evolution of Political Messaging from the 1930s to the Present
  • Hollywood and Hitler: How Movies, Moviemakers, and Movie Stars Dealt with the Nazis


Lectures marked with a * are offered as part of the OAH's initiative, Historians' Perspectives on the Rise of Donald Trump.