Rogers M. Smith: Politics and American Political Ideals

Conversations with History: Politics and American Political Ideals with Rogers M. Smith

Rogers M. Smith; Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes Rogers M. Smith, Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, for a discussion of political ideals and political realities in American history. He highlights the importance of building community and political identity by assembling coalitions around narratives that appeal to a broad audience while shaping policy agendas. Professor Smith compares the leadership of Lincoln, Reagan and Obama in addressing these tasks. He concludes with an analysis of how the issue of race has been approached as American political life has become increasing polarized around issues of inequality and relative international decline

Key Words: Political Identity, U.S. Presidents, Founding Fathers, Political Scientists, U.S. Political Tradition
Rogers M. Smith
Publication date: 
September 21, 2011
Publication type: 
Conversations with History