The Yale Center for the Study of Representative Institutions presents a book review:
Dr. Jon Grinspan. National Museum of American History, Curator, Division of Political and Military History:
“The Age of Acrimony: How Americans Fought to Fix Their Democracy, 1865-1915.”
Professor Beverly Gage, Yale University History and American Studies and Professor Ted Widmer, CUNY-Macaulay Honors College, will serve as discussants.
Dr. Grinspan explores the rough-and-tumble but high-voter-turnout campaigns of the post-Civil War era United States alongside ultimately successful efforts to restrain the alleged excesses of democracy by Progressive reformers through an engaging examination of the political lives of Congressman William “Pig Iron” Kelley and his better-remembered daughter Florence Kelley.
After their comments and questions for the author, the discussion will open for a general Q&A with the audience.