Anti-Statism and Individual Liberty in American History | Newberry

Anti-Statism and Individual Liberty in American History

Friday, May 25, 2012

9 am - 3 pm

Ruggles Auditorium

Led by James Sparrow, University of Chicago
Programs for Teachers
History Channel Seminar Series

The problem of the state is a central one for a nation defined by its revolution against the powerful, centralized government of the British Empire. Intertwined with questions of how to balance Union, States’ Rights, executive power, national security and social welfare, was the problem, especially prominent by the middle of the twentieth century, of how Americans should act in the world while steadily supplanting the imperial role maintained by the British up until WWII. In a discussion that will range from early developments like the Stamp Act Crisis and the anti-Federalist opposition to the Constitution in the late eighteenth Century, to the Reagan era tax revolt and the rise of the Tea Party in our own times, this seminar will consider the question of how politicized opposition to activist government has in fact shaped the steady growth of the state.

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The History Channel Seminar Series is open to all Chicago-area teachers.