Sean Wilentz

Princeton University history professor

Sean Wilentz appears in the following:

Has Partisanship Actually Helped the Fight Against Inequality?

Monday, June 20, 2016

How party politics have affected economic and social inequality over the course American history.

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Why Partisan Politics is Good For Democracy

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump represent the partisan divide in the country, but author and historian Sean Wilentz argues that partisanship is a good thing.  

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Is 2016 A "Critical Election?"

Friday, May 06, 2016

"Critical elections" occur every few decades and can lead to major shifts in the nature of political parties. We may be in the midst of one. 

Can American Presidents Still Do Big Things?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

What we expect of our president likely differs by party affiliation, but the historical records shows that some presidents are more effective than others. Why?

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Do the Motivations of Leakers Matter?

Friday, January 24, 2014

A recent Pew poll found that although 45% of Americans believe Snowden's leak helped the public, 56% wanted criminal charges brought against him. Did he act to protect the rights of Americans, or dismantle what he considers a surveillance state? Does it matter why he acted? Brooke talks to New Republic contributing editor Sean Wilentz about his cover story that asks that very question.

Beacon - Late November

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The Columbia Records Story

Monday, November 19, 2012

Historian Sean Wilentz talks about the rich history of Columbia Records, and how the label combined technical and social change to create of some of the greatest albums ever made. In 360 Sound: The Columbia Records Story, he tells how Columbia nurtured the careers of legends such as Bessie Smith, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Miles Davis, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, and many more.

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Bob Dylan, Fifty Years Later

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Today, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of his first album, Bob Dylan is releasing a new album called “Tempest.” And The Takeaway is looking at the album, as well as who Bob Dylan...

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Vanished Venues: Gerde's Folk City

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Our series on great concert halls and nightclubs from New York music history continues with a look at Gerde's Folk City, a hub for the Greenwich Village folk scene of the 1960s and ‘70s – and the site of Bob Dylan’s first professional gig.

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A Cultural History of Bob Dylan

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Princeton University history professor Sean Wilentz has tackled major topics in books like The Rise of American Democracy and The Age of Reagan. His new book, Bob Dylan in America, explores one of the most complex figures in music.