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The Two-Party System and the Failings of American Politics (virtual lecture)

Wednesday June 15 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Two-Party System and the Failings of American Politics
America wasn’t supposed to have party politics; the Founders viewed them as divisive “factions” and corrosive to good government.  Yet they developed nonetheless, and George Washington’s own presidential cabinet.  Except for one unique period following the War of 1812, two-party politics has dominated the American governmental system.  Join Dr. Matthew Warshauer, Professor of History at Central Connecticut State University, as he journeys through the development and disintegration of American parties, all the way to the nation’s “new” Republican Party dominated by Donald Trump.  How did we get to where we are, and are American politics failing?
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Dr. Warshauer received his B.A. in history from Central Connecticut State University in 1990, and completed his M.A. (1993) and Ph.D. (1997) in American Studies at Saint Louis University. He joined the faculty at CCSU in the fall of 1997.  If you had told him at the time of his graduation in 1990 that he would return to his alma mater and build a career, he would have thought you crazy.  But return he did, and he couldn’t be happier.  CCSU is a wonderful place to be.

Warshauer’s area of specialty is early American political and constitutional history, particularly the period between 1776-1876.  He has a deep interest in the development and disintegration of political party systems, how partisanship, economics, and nationalism intersect and run against the rule of law and constitutionalism.  He often refers to such issues as the great “American paradox.” Learn more about him here


Wednesday June 15
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
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