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2023.01: Populism - A Ubiquitous but Elusive Concept


Professor Robert D. Johnston

University of Illinois at Chicago

Department of History

Teaching of History Program


Selected works of Professor Johnston

  • The Radical Middle Class: Populist Democracy and The Question of Capitalism in Progressive Era Portland, Oregon (Princeton University Press, 2003)

  • “Vaccine Resistance and History in the Land of Liberty,” editorial, American Journal of Public Health, 112 (February 2022), 227-228

  • “Long Live Teddy/Death to Woodrow: The Polarized Politics of The Progressive Era in the 2012 Election,” Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era, 13(July 2014), 411-443

2021.14: The Dangers of Populism with Dr. Fiona Hill (The Politics Classroom episode)


Union-related links

Writings and authors mentioned by Professor Johnson

Primary sources referenced

Historical Figures


Old, bald man in heavy coat and three piece suit smiling broadly and waving. Black and white photo
Eugene V. Debs released from prison on Dec. 25, 1921; By Underwood & Underwood - This image is available from the United States Library of Congress's Prints and Photographs division Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=29454929


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders in 2019. Photo by Gage Skidmore; CC-BY-SA-2.0


White woman with short, curly hair parted in the middle, wearing a high collared white shirt and a tie. Photo is black and white.
Lora Little, led referendum campaign to repeal eugenic-sterilization law in Oregon in 1913. Date of photo unknown. (Image: Oregon Historical Society)


White man in suit and short white hair, posed and looking past the camera. Photo in black and white
William U'Ren, father of the "Oregon System" of government, known for its attributes of direct democracy. (Image: Oregon Historical Society)



* Not including those in the Colleges of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, or the School of Law

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