Posted on “American Empire and the Contemporary Political Situation” – Joshua B. Freeman
In March, 2013, the MA students met with Joshua Freeman (CUNY Graduate Center/History), author of American Empire, 1945-2000: The Rise of a Global Power, the Democratic Revolution at Home and Working-Class New York: Life and Labor since World War II.
How did the United States shape a global empire; how did its imperial role reshape the United States; and how do we understand the causes and reality of its decline? In his new book American Empire, Joshua Freeman, much admired for his history of New York City in Working-Class New York, describes the post-war confluence of imperial expansion, extraordinary economic growth, and the “democratic revolution” at home. Prof. Freedman will help us navigate the murky waters of American imperialism, and understand its significance for domestic political life.