Kinder Institute: Thomas Balcerski on the History of the Democratic Party

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Kinder Institute: “The Party of No: When the Democrats Were Conservatives”


The Kinder Institute at the University of Missouri, a JMC partner program, will be hosting a colloquium with fellow Thomas Balcerski presenting themes from the early stages of his research for a new book project on the long history of the Democratic Party. Professor Balcerski will be focusing specifically on the core set of conservative values that were embraced by the party from its inception as an opposition group in the 1790s through its evolution as the party of liberalism in the FDR era.

Friday, September 3, 2021 • 3:30 PM CDT
Reynolds Journalism Institute, Room 200/Smith Forum • University of Missouri

Free and open to the public.

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Thomas BalcerskiThomas Balcerski is an Associate Professor of History at Eastern Connecticut State University. A scholar of early American history, he holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Cornell University, a Master of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and a Ph.D. in history from Cornell University. His research interests include United States presidents and first ladies and American political history. Dr. Balcerski teaches courses in United States presidential history, African American history, and American popular culture. He was featured on the C-SPAN series, “Lectures in History,” for his work on antebellum political culture and for his book, Bosom Friends: The Intimate World of James Buchanan and William Rufus King (New York: Oxford University Press, 2019), which explores the personal and political relationship of those two nineteenth-century Democrats. His new book project is a history of the Democratic Party, America’s oldest partisan institution.

Professor Balcerski is a JMC fellow.

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