About Me

I am Associate Professor and Chair of the History Department at the University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. I am also the Academic Director of the Clemente Course in the Humanities, in New Bedford MA. Author of "Social Security and the Middle Class Squeeze" (Praeger, 2005) and the forthcoming "Saul Alinsky the Dilemma of Race in the Post-War City" (University of Chicago Press), my teaching and scholarship focuses on American urban history, social policy, and politics. I am presently writing a book on home ownership in modern America, entitled "Castles Made of Sand? Home Ownership and the American Dream." I live in Providence RI, where I have served on the School Board since March 2015. All opinions posted here are my own.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

America joins the ranks of civilized nations!

Victory!  I'd like to take this time to welcome my country to the 20th century, and offer a brief shout out to Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and every great American who has fought for universal healthcare as a human right.

And thanks, most important, to President Obama -- who saw this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and grabbed it!

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