Who were the original Populists and how did they shape American politics? Gregg Cantrell, author of The People’s Revolt and the Roots of American Liberalism, will explore the historical roots of Texas populism and the hallmarks of the movement. He will contrast historic populists’ contribution to the development of American liberalism with the identity of populists in politics today.
Gregg Cantrell holds the Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History at Texas Christian University. He received his B.B.A., M.B.A., and Ph.D. from Texas A&M University. In addition to his recent book, The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism, he is the author of Stephen F. Austin, Empresario of Texas; Feeding the Wolf: John B. Rayner and the Politics of Race, 1850-1918; and Kenneth and John B. Rayner and the Limits of Southern Dissent. He also co-edited Lone Star Pasts: Memory and History in Texas.