Michael Kazin

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Michael Kazin

Michael Kazin is a Professor in the Department of History. He is an expert in U.S. politics and social movements, 19th and 20th centuries and is currently working on a history of the American left, to be published by Knopf.

First Venceremos Brigade

In 1969 Michael Kazin age 22, from Cambridge Massachusetts , was a member of the first Venceremos Brigade to Cuba.[1]

Students for a Democratic Society

Michael Kazin was listed among the "Key Members" of the Students for a Democratic Society on an "organization structure" chart of the "National Council, SDS Headquarters - Chicago, Illinois, Key Members and Regional Headquarters leaders, Exhibit No. 257, in hearings held by the Senate Permanent Investigations Subcommittee in 1969.

He was described by a congressional investigator as follows: "Mr. Clay: Michael Kazin: "No. 56 is chairman of the WAV Du Bois Clubs of America in St. Louis, Mo. He helped organize the SDS chapter at Washington University on the St. Louis campus. He has been an SDS National Council member and was Missouri secretary for the SDS Vietnam summer project."

"He has been very active with various militant groups in organizing demonstrations against the visiting dignitaries."[2]

DSA member

In 1987, author Michael Kazin, was a member of Democratic Socialists of America. [3]

Campaign for America's Future

In 1996 Michael Kazin, Author, Populist Persuasion was one of the original 130 founders of Campaign for America's Future. [4]

Communist Party history

Maurice Isserman of Democratic Socialists of America , a "respected historian of the left" at Hamilton College, has written Which Side Are You On?: The American Communist Party in the Second World War; If I Had a Hammer, The Death of the Old Left and Birth of the New Left; and The Civil War of the 1960s, with coauthor Michael Kazin.[5]

DSA’s Cuba Letter

Michael Kazin signed an April 2003 Statement on Cuba, initiated and circulated[6] by prominent Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) member Leo Casey, calling for the lifting of trade sanctions against Cuba.

“a statement circulating among democratic left/socialist folks, largely by members of Democratic Socialists of America, condemning the recent trials and convictions of non-violent dissenters in Cuba”.

The petition criticized Cuba's poor human rights record, but shared the blame for Cuba's problems with reactionary elements of the U.S. administration...

The democratic left worldwide has opposed the U.S. embargo on Cuba as counterproductive, more harmful to the interests of the Cuban people than helpful to political democratization. The Cuban state's current repression of political dissidents amounts to collaboration with the most reactionary elements of the U.S. administration in their efforts to maintain sanctions and to institute even more punitive measures against Cuba.

Many of the petition's 120 odd signatories were known members of DSA.


Michael Kazin, of Georgetown University, was an identified member of JournoList - an email group of approximately 400 "progressive" and socialist journalists, academics and "new media" activists.

JournoList members reportedly coordinated their messages in favor of Barack Obama and the Democrats, and against Sarah Palin and the Republican Party. JournoList was founded in 2007 and was closed down in early 2010.[7]

"Dissent" magazine

In 2009 the Dissent Magazine masthead[8] listed Editors Michael Kazin, Michael Walzer and Irving Howe (1920-1993)

Labor, the Left, and Progressives in the Obama Era

April 6, 2010 at the McShain Lounge in McCarthy Hall Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. a seminar "Labor, the Left, and Progressives in the Obama Era" was held.

After the success of health care reform, what’s next on labor’s agenda? How can the labor movement grow and engage with a progressive movement that speaks to the Obama era? What is the role of younger workers, workers of color, and women? Is there a new “New Deal” on the horizon?

Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor of the Nation, Gerry Hudson, executive vice-president of the SEIU, Michael Kazin, co-editor of Dissent, Harold Meyerson, columnist for the Washington Post, and Liz Shuler, secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO will speak.

Georgetown labor historian Joseph McCartin moderated.[9]

The event was sponsored by Dissent magazine.


  1. THE THEORY AND PRACTICE OF COMMUNISM IN 1972 (Venceremos Brigade) PART 2, hearings before the Committee on Internal Security 92nd Congress oct 16-19, 1972 pages 8132-8135
  2. Riots, Civil and Criminal Disorders, Hearings, Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senate Government Operations Committee, Part 18, June 16 & 17, 1969, pp. 3499-3500 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              3499-3500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              3499-3500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              3499-3500      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, testimony of Perman H. Clay, "Organizations: Militancy, Extremism and Violence"
  3. Democratic Left, Jan./Feb. 1987, page 17
  4. CAF Co-Founders
  5. http://www.dsausa.org/dl/sum2k/12.htm
  6. http://www.nathannewman.org/log/archives/000912.shtml
  7. Free Republic: JournoList: 151 Names Confirmed (with News Organizations), July 30, 2010 (accessed August 2, 2010)
  8. http://www.dissentmagazine.org/display.php?id=masthead
  9. http://talkingunion.wordpress.com/2010/04/06/labor-the-left-and-progressives-in-the-obama-era-april-6-in-dc/