All in the Family: The Cultural Politics of American Liberalism in Crisis

Date and Time: 

February 25, 2014 - 3:30pm

Event Location: 

Smith 102


All in the Family  tells the familiar story of the collapse of American liberalism in the 1960s and 1970s through the lens of gender, sexuality, and the family. The political fights over welfare, the War on Poverty, black power, feminisms, Vietnam, and the role of the state in national life forced a reconsideration of, and precipitated a loss of faith in, the traditional male breadwinner. The talk will be drawn from the book.

Robert Self is Royce Family Professor of Teaching Excellence and Professor of History at Brown University. He is the author All in the Family: The Realignment of American Democracy since the 1960s (2012) and the prize winning American Babylon: Race and the Struggle for Postwar Oakland (2003). He earned his PhD in History at the University of Washington where he was closely involved in the early years of the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies.

Co-sponsored by the Harry Bridges Center for Labor History and Department of History