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Insights of UR’s congressional expert go online

Insights of UR’s congressional expert go online

January 8, 2015

University of Rochester political science professor Richard F. Fenno Jr. says that the best way to learn about members of Congress is to spend time with them in their districts. Fenno has a reputation for being the dean of scholars of Congress by his innovative way of looking at its members and committees.

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UR professor provides historical lens for the present

UR professor provides historical lens for the present

January 4, 2015

University of Rochester history professor Thomas P. Slaughter is a firm believer that history is a good way to start understanding today’s problems. Some of his six books have looked at flash points in history – be it the American Revolution, a rebellion against a tax on liquor during the early days of the Republic, or armed resistance to an effort to put the shackles back on escaped slaves.

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Book review: When the American Revolution really began

Book review: When the American Revolution really began

October 12, 2014

In “Independence,” University of Rochester history professor Thomas Slaughter details a 150-year story covering the cultural and political transformation that led to American independence from the British Empire. Slaughter is the author of numerous works, including the classic “Whiskey Rebellion: Frontier Epilogue to the American Revolution.”

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What really stoked the spirit of 1776

What really stoked the spirit of 1776

August 4, 2014

Toward the end of his long life, John Adams famously defined the “radical change” that constituted “the real American Revolution” as the loss of “an habitual affection for England.” Well aware of how easily that revolution might have gone awry, he asked, Whence unity out of diversity? Thomas P. Slaughter, the most recent in a long line of talented men and women who have taken up the challenge posed by Adams, seeks an answer in a return to basics.

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Historian to be first Dexter Perkins Professor

Historian to be first Dexter Perkins Professor

March 12, 2014

Joan Shelley Rubin is a professor of American cultural history. The endowed position honors the late Dexter Perkins, a prominent American diplomatic historian.

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