Julian Zelizer, a pioneer in the revival of American political history and professor at Princeton University, has been selected as the Lapidus-Weisberg Fellow in American History by the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library.
As a fellow, Zelizer will spend a year at the society beginning September 2022, where he’ll pen a book about the clash that took place at the 1964 Democratic National Convention between the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party — 68 sharecroppers, farmers, undertakers, mechanics, beauticians, preachers, and manual workers who had been fighting for voting rights in their home state — and President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The book, “The Compromise: The Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party and the Betrayal of Racial Justice, 1964,” is currently under contract with W. W. Norton & Company. It will contribute to a burgeoning literature about race relations exploring the radical challenge the civil rights movement posed by taking on the racial inequality deeply inscribed into the institutions of American democracy.
Zelizer is the Malcolm Stevenson Forbes, Class of 1941 Professor of History and Public Affairs, and a CNN contributor, and a regular guest on NPR’s “Here & Now.” He is the author and editor of 23 books. He also hosts his own podcast, produced by SPIA, “Politics & Polls.”
The New-York Historical Society’s prestigious fellowship program is open to scholars at various times during their academic careers and provides them with the resources and community to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex issues of the past. Learn more.