Morton Keller

Morton Keller

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Morton Keller is the Spector Professor of History Emeritus at Brandeis University. He previously taught at the University of North Carolina and the University of Pennsylvania and has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Sussex, and Oxford, where he was the Harmsworth Professor of American History. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy. His publications include The Life Insurance Enterprise, 1885-1910 (1963); The Art and Politics of Thomas Nast (1968); Affairs of State: Public Life in Late Nineteenth Century America (1977), Regulating a New Economy (1990); Regulating a New Society (1994); Making Harvard Modern (with Phyllis Keller) (2001); America's Three Regimes (2007); and, to be published by the Hoover Institution Press in the fall of 2010, My Times and Life: A Historian’s Progress through a Contentious Age.

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America Stalled

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Thursday, September 25, 2014

The nineteenth century laissez-fair state gave way to the centralized behemoths of the twentieth century. Today, another radical political transformation may be under way.

The Worst Op-eds in History: A Preliminary Ranking

by Morton Kellervia Advancing a Free Society
Tuesday, January 17, 2012

My day job as an historian of contemporary affairs obliges me to keep up with op-eds, those snippits of opinion unburdened by the perspective of time or the weight of information. True, they do not pretend to be more than snapshots of the passing scene.

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American Wonderland

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Friday, November 11, 2011

From global warming to the Tea Party, our political landscape is patently absurd.

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American Wonderland

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas (Hoover Institution)
Friday, November 11, 2011

From global warming to the Tea Party, our political landscape is patently absurd...

American Wonderland

by Morton Kellervia Advancing a Free Society
Friday, November 11, 2011

Most people, most of the time, lead lives removed from political and ideological engagement. Family, work, health, sports, and entertainment define what is generally held to be a normal life.

Debt: The Shame of Cities and States

by Morton Kellervia Policy Review
Saturday, October 1, 2011

Can they reject their long history of fiscal irresponsibility?

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The Anti-Progressive Era

by Morton Kellervia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A century ago America’s Progressive Era was at its height...Are we now on the cusp of an Anti-Progressive Era...?

The Anti-Progressive Era

by Morton Kellervia Advancing a Free Society
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A century ago America’s Progressive Era was at its height. Its core idea was that government had an important role to play in economic regulation and social welfare. The modern American state had its origins in the Progressive movement.

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The Unbearable Heaviness of Governing

by Morton Kellervia Defining Ideas
Friday, May 13, 2011

Taking the measure of the Obama presidency

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The Unbearable Heaviness of Governing

by Morton Kellervia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, January 12, 2011

At midterm, the Obama age has become something no one expected: an ordinary presidency. By Morton Keller.

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