Faculty Cafe: Dr. Alan Draper, Government
Faculty Café: Dr. Alan Draper, Michael W. Ranger ’80 and Virginia R. Ranger P’17 Professor of Government
Title: The Divided Soul of American Liberalism: The Conflict Between Racial and Economic Equality OR How We Got into the Terrible Mess We're in Today
The presentation describes how the two souls of New Deal Liberalism--economic justice represented by unions and racial justice represented by blacks--began to diverge in the 1960s. The first soul of liberalism defended trade union practices as essential to economic equality. The second condemned them as contributing to racial inequality. Race and class, which previously were regarded as mutually reinforcing, were now in zero-sum political tension. The divergence of the two souls of liberalism that occurred in the 1960s helps explain the resurgence of conservatism that followed.
Refreshments will be served.