Past and Present With Jill Lepore

Monday, July 04, 2011

Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard, staff writer at The New Yorker and author of The Whites of Their Eyes: The Tea Party’s Revolution and the Battle Over American History, discusses how four past historical moments have influenced the present political and social climate in the United States: the death of newspapers in 1765, the Karen Ann Quinlan right-to-die case of 1975, the Parrot Fever panic of 1930, and Clarence Darrow's defense in the 1898 right-to-strike case. 


Jill Lepore

Comments [3]

Bluestocking from NYC

I wonder if there has been a right-to-life debate about a terminally ill man. All the examples cited in Prof. Lepore's excellent piece were women. Gender seems to play a very large part in this debate.

Jul. 08 2011 10:39 PM
Vic from .

Speaking of "parrot fever", & the spread of fear & panic...
Who remembers the Merry Melodies cartoons from the 1940's, & the media outbreak of "rabbit fever"...(?)
Bugs Bunny had disturbed Elmer Fud's peace of mind convincing him that the epidemic _ "rabbit fever" _ was right outside his door!
"Good gracious" What can I do? ~>
(& the fun begins)
"I see spOts before my eyes!"
"Doc, you gotta help me!"

Jul. 04 2011 12:33 PM

Listening to the discussion of Clarence Darrow I find myself wishing that such a brilliant lawyer would be involved in the case against DSK -- the sympathy of much of the press seems to have shifted away from the victim just because she doesn't have a spotless history.

Jul. 04 2011 12:07 PM

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