Hochstadt presents "Authoritarianism in American History"

October 9, 2018 | 9:11 AM

The MacMurray College Humanities and Performing Arts Series, Life of the Mind and Spirit, welcomes Steve Hochstadt, professor emeritus of history at Illinois College, to campus on Thursday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m. in Thoresen Recital Hall, inside the Putnam/Springer Center on the corner of Clay Avenue and State Street. 

The event is free and open to the public. Interpreting services will be provided. 

Hochstadt will speak on “Authoritarianism in American History: Past and Present” and how American governments appear to have no similarities with violent authoritarian governments like Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. “Yet during our history, there have been many instances of our government acting in authoritarian ways against minorities in our population,” Hochstadt said. “The Jim Crow system of legal, and government supported, discrimination against African Americans involved lynchings, prevention of voting, separate schools and other actions which represented authoritarian repression of certain Americans.” Hochstadt’s talk will examine some instances of such authoritarian government actions against American minorities and discuss how that history influences current politics.

For more information about the Humanities and Performing Arts Series, contact Jeannie Zeck, MacMurray professor of English, at 217-479-7119 or at jeannie.zeck@mac.edu. 

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