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Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier

Peter Dreier is the E.P. Clapp distinguished professor of politics at Occidental College. He joined the Occidental faculty in January 1993 after serving for nine years as Director of Housing at the Boston Redevelopment Authority and senior policy advisor to Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. He is the author of "The 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century: A Social Justice Hall of Fame" (2012) and an editor (with Kate Aronoff and Michael Kazin) of "We Own the Future: Democratic Socialism, American Style" and co-author of the forthcoming "Baseball Rebels: The Players, People and Social Movements That Shook Up the Game and Changed America" (2022).

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Don't Believe the Sanitized History of Jackie Robinson—He Was a Radical

It was Robinson's strong patriotism that led him to challenge America to live up to its ideals. He felt an obligation to use his fame to challenge the society's racial injustice.

Peter Dreier ·


What are the 25 Best Films About the Civil Rights Movement?

Quite a few of these films, especially those made by independent producers outside the Hollywood system, are little-known, progressive, and deserve more recognition.

Peter Dreier ·


"The White Negro": Norman Mailer's Essay 65 Years Later

What’s really behind the current controversy over this 1957 piece of writing and is the infamous article still worth reading?

Peter Dreier ·


Martin Luther King Was a Radical, Not a Moderate

King called himself a democratic socialist. He believed that America needed a "radical redistribution of economic and political power."

Peter Dreier ·


The Media Keeps Getting It Wrong: The Democrats Are Not Divided

Just a few members out of the hundreds of Democrats elected to the House and Senate are stalling the President's agenda.

Peter Dreier ·


Rachel Robinson, First Lady of Baseball, Turns 99

Rachel Robinson was not only Jackie's partner, she is also a feminist and civil rights crusader.

Peter Dreier ·


The 2024 GOP Presidential Race Has Already Begun—And It Won't Be Pretty

They all support low and regressive taxes, are hostile to social programs, oppose abortion, hate unions, and resist government regulations that protect workers, consumers, and the environment. 

Peter Dreier ·


The Right’s Long War On Howard Zinn Reaches The White House

Conservatives have been upset about kids reading 'A People’s History of the United States' for years, worrying that it stirs up trouble. Now Trump has taken up the cause.

Peter Dreier ·

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