Michael Kazin

'War Against War: The Americans Who Fought for Peace, 1914-1918' Abstract:

         In the United States,  opponents of the Great War put together what was the largest and most sophisticated peace movement in the nation’s history.  It included liberal pacifists and Socialists, union officials and celebrated reformers,  some of the most prominent lawmakers in both major political parties – and Henry Ford. Until the late winter of 1917, this coalition helped deter President Wilson from intervening on the side of the Allied powers. After the U.S. declared war on Germany, persistent opposition led the federal government to create a huge apparatus of propaganda and repression.  My talk will explain the emergence and popularity of the anti-war cause, account for its defeat, and discuss its long and enduring legacy.


Michael Kazin is a Professor in the Department of History. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries. His most recent book is "American Dreamers: How the Left Changed a Nation" (Knopf, 2011), which was named a Best Book of 2011 by The New Republic, Newsweek/Daily Beast, and The Progressive. He is editor of Dissent, a leading magazine of the American left since 1954. 

He is now at work on "War against War: The Rise, Defeat, and Legacy of the American Peace Movement, 1914-1918," under contract with Simon and Schuster. 

Prior to his position at Georgetown, Kazin served as Assistant Professor to Professor of History at the American University. In 1996, he served as John Adams Chair in American Studies at Utrecht University in the Netherlands. He has also lectured in Japan, Germany, Italy, France, Great Britain, and Russia as well as throughout the United States.