Bringing Partisanship Back In: Party Politics in the Age of Roosevelt

Endorsed by the Western History Association

Saturday, April 4, 2020, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Type: Roundtable Discussion

Tags: Labor and Working-Class; Politics; Race


In light of the intense partisanship that dominates our landscape, this roundtable will return to another crucial moment of partisanship: the age of Roosevelt. When and how did Democrats build a new majority? What obstacles did they overcome? What were the mechanisms, institutions, ideas, voters, and organizations that enabled success? We will discuss how the party built a long-term majority with new attachments, new organization, and new branding.

Session Participants

Chair and Panelist: Meg Jacobs, Princeton University
Meg Jacobs is Senior Research Scholar at Princeton University where she teaches history and public affairs. She is working on a book about why Americans came to love government in the 1930s and 1940s under contract with Viking. She has written previously on the period and also on the 1970s.

Panelist: David Greenberg, Rutgers University—New Brunswick
David Greenberg is Professor of History and Journalism at Rutgers University. He is author of numerous books on American politics, including his recent book Spin. He is working on two new projects about liberalism and the Democratic Party.

Panelist: Kathryn Olmsted, University of California, Davis
Kathryn Olmsted teaches at UC Davis where she is interim chair of Gender and Sexuality. She is author of multiple books including her recent study Right Out of California on conservatism in the 1930s. She is working on a book about the Republican-dominated press in the 1930s.