Michael Kazin

Sherrod Brown Should Challenge Hillary Clinton for President
November 20, 2014

Why the senator from Ohio is a better bet than Elizabeth Warren.

Teddy Roosevelt Was a Real Independent. Today's Versions Are Poseurs.
October 15, 2014

What happened to the Independents who actually stood for something?

Obama's Biggest Problem: Political ADD
August 19, 2014

The president's inability to focus on a single issue is hurting him with voters

Woodrow Wilson's Only Good Choice in WWI Was to Avoid It Altogether
July 07, 2014

Two historians debate America's entry into the First World War. 

Democrats Need Bernie Sanders to Run for President
May 19, 2014

If nothing else, he'll make Hillary Clinton a better candidate.

Celebrating LBJ Amounts to Imperial Myopia
April 15, 2014

To award LBJ a place in the liberal “pantheon,” one has to be afflicted with a kind of nationalist, if not imperial, myopia.

Stop the Revisionism: LBJ Was No Liberal Hero
April 11, 2014

From 1964 to 1968, close to 34,000 Americans died in South Vietnam. We will never know how many Vietnamese women, men, and children perished during those years, but the total, according to most estimates, was at least one million.

Rand Paul Doesn't Stand a Chance
March 25, 2014

Libertarianism is suddenly in fashion. Denouncing the NSA, Rand Paul draws cheers both from young leftists in Berkeley and young conservatives in D.C.—and narrowly leads in early polls for the 2016 presidential nomination.

One Upshot of Shrinking the Army: It'll Be Easier to Kick Our Foreign-Intervention Habit
February 27, 2014

Now is an excellent time to start a debate about whether the U.S. should be attacking and invading other countries at all.