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Robert S. McElvaine

Author, historian, feminist, and progressive activist

About Robert S. McElvaine

Robert S. McElvaine is Elizabeth Chisholm Professor of Arts & Letters Emeritus at Millsaps College. He is the author of eleven books, including The Great Depression; Eve’s Seed: Biology, the Sexes, and the Course of History; and, most recently, The Times They Were a-Changin’ –1964: The Year the Sixties Arrived and the Battle Lines of Today Were Drawn. He is a winner of the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence.

His articles and opinion pieces appear frequently in the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, Politico, The Nation, Salon, and many others. He has been a guest on programs on NBC, ABC, CNN, MSNBC, PBS, NPR, Fox News, Vox, BBC, and others and has lectured across the United States and around the world.

He is currently completing a book with the working title “Diving Beneath the Wreck – and Resurfacing: On the Origins and Consequences of Sexual Inequality.”

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Trump: Whether Women Are People or Property Is States’ Rights Issue
The Founders left it to states to decide whether Black people should be free or enslaved, so Trump appears to advocate letting them decide whether Women should be free or enslaved.
April 11, 2024
Being Emperor Means Never Having To Say You Didn't Win
What's the difference between Nero at HIS Olympics in 67 and Trump at HIS golf course 1,957 years later? Robert McElvaine on losers who declare themselves winners.
March 28, 2024
Progress vs “Push ’Em (Us) Back—Way Back!”
Robert McElvaine highlights the stark contrast between President Biden's SOTU and the opposition party's response and ambitions, “'Take America Back' means take the nation back from women, people of color, LGBTQ+ people, non-“Christians,” and so on. Back to the days when the United States was 'a white man’s country.' Back to before the revolutionary changes that took off in well as the GOP's dangerous alignment with authoritarianism."
March 14, 2024
A Self-Made-Up Man Defunded, Defanged, and Deranged
Robert McElvaine treats us to an annotated commentary on and translation of Trump’s post-judgment screed.
February 22, 2024
Democrats: Don't "Defend," Go On Offense
Sound advice from Robert McElvaine: "Call Hur’s 'Bombshell' what it is: Bullshit!" Don't miss his debunking of baseless claims surrounding Joe Biden's mental fitness with undeniable facts and accomplishments: Joe Biden tackles the challenges head-on while his predecessor's mental decline remains ignored.
February 15, 2024
How the Court Should Deal with Trump Disqualification
Robert S. McElvaine: "If it wants to uphold the Constitution, the Court really has no choice but to find that Donald J. Trump is ineligible to hold the presidency again. Failure to do so would be a step towards Trump’s stated goal of terminating the Constitution."
February 8, 2024
The Winners In The NH “Republican” Primary: Biden & America
Robert McElvaine writes, "The only way to rid our nation of the flesh-eating bacteria that is Trumpism is for its Loser Leader and the whole party of sycophants to go down to a crushing defeat at the hands of the voters."
January 25, 2024
The Most Precarious Year
Robert McElvaine writes: "The Anti-Republic Party of 2024 not only aligns with foreign autocrats who bitterly oppose the ideals of America; it also aligns with the anti-1776 ideology of the Confederacy." He effectively argues that 2024 is the most consequential election in 160 years.
January 4, 2024
We Need to Persuade the Media to Help Preserve Democracy
Robert McElvaine warns of the risk of a fascist dictatorship replacing American democracy and urges responsible media coverage to save our democracy.
December 7, 2023
A Most Useful New Word for Our Times
The word "idionut" as the 2023 Word of the Year? The term for willfully ignorant and insane individuals or members of extremist cults should enter everyones lexicon.
November 30, 2023
Be Neither “Woke” Nor Asleep. Be Awake
Supporters of democracy have an opportunity to reject both extremes
November 2, 2023
“Once Awake, They Found the Strength of their Majority”
"During these trying times in which one of our major political parties has abandoned the basic principles on which the United States was founded and seceded from the world of fact, on an almost daily basis Heather Cox Richardson brings hope and truth to vast numbers of us," writes Robert McElvaine.
October 19, 2023
Hamas Is Pure Evil. There Is No "But..."
"(Hamas) has no interest in a two-state solution and peaceful coexistence. The only sort of peace they seek is a Carthaginian peace—one of the utter annihilation and slaughter of an entire people," write Robert McElvaine.
October 12, 2023