Saturday, October 29, 2011

Historians' Take on Occupy Wall Street

Bonus Army, Washington, D.C, July 1932
(Library of Congress)
A number of scholars, including some business and labor historians, have been commenting on historical points of comparison for the current "Occupy Wall Street" movement. A brief rundown:
Alan Brinkley, Columbia University, on Politico, "Bonus March and Occupy Wall Street"
Steve Fraser, New York University, in The Nation, "OWS and the All-American Tradition of Resistance"
Beverly Gage, Yale University, on NPR's "All Things Considered" (transcript and audio)
Gary Gerstle, Vanderbilt University, in Salon.com and on YouTube
Michael Kazin, Georgetown University, New York Times, "Whatever Happened to the American Left?"
Kim Phillips-Fein, New York University, New York Times op-ed, "In Bleak '70s, Salvo of Protest"
Judith Stein, City University of New York, at Dissent, "OWS: A Sign of Our Times"
The History News Network is keeping a list of historians' commentary on its Hot Topics page, and Tomiko Brown-Nagin has offered a rundown with commentary over at the Legal History Blog.