Harvey J. Kaye

The Essential American History Lesson We Can't Afford to Forget in the Age of Trump

Listen closely. Listen closely to Thomas Paine’s argument in Common Sense that “[w]e have it in our power to begin the world over again;” to Thomas Jefferson’s phrases in the Declaration: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness;” to the framers’ first three words of the preamble to the Constitution, “We the People.”

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Who Says It Can’t Happen Here?

Donald Trump’s candidacy and now, presidency, have resurrected a public discourse not heard in this country since the Great Depression — an anxious discourse about the possible triumph in America of a fascist-tinged authoritarian regime over liberal democracy. It’s a fear Sinclair Lewis turned into a 1935 bestselling novel, It Can’t Happen Here — although, as Lewis told it, it sure as hell could happen here.

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New Book on FDR Proves That America's Greatest Generation Was Our Most Progressive Generation

As America struggles with mortal threats to democracy and a deeply unbalanced society, author Harvey Kaye, Professor of Democracy and Justice Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, mines the amazing legacy of Franklin Roosevelt to show the pathway to a more progressive future. In his brand-new book, The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great (Simon & Schuster Hardcover) Kaye offers up rich storytelling and a formidable command of history to remind us that with vision and bold action, we have overcome grave challenges in the past — and there is no reason why we can't do it again. Here's an excerpt of Kaye's must-read book for progressives.

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