Skip to main content

AddRan College of Liberal Arts

Department of History

To understand our contemporary institutions, politics and culture, take a look at the past.

Main Content

If you missed Dr. Cantrell presenting the AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecture, the recording is now available.Cantrell Distinguished Faculty Lecture Photo

Watch it Here

TCU’s AddRan College of Liberal Arts presents

The 14th Annual AddRan Distinguished Faculty Lecture Series:

The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism

By Gregg Cantrell, Ph.D., Professor and Erma and Ralph Lowe Chair in Texas History

In the public imagination, Texas has long been regarded as a bastion of conservatism. In recent times, that conservatism has morphed into enthusiastic support for Trumpian “populism.” In this lecture, Gregg Cantrell explores the historical roots of Texas populism, discovering that not only were the original Lone Star Populists far from Trumpian, but they actually made a signal contribution to the development of American liberalism.

Recent Publications

“Understanding and Teaching Gender and Sexuality: Sources and Methods, in Understanding and Teaching the Modern Middle East, 271-382 ”

Hanan Hammad

Madison: University of Wisconsin Press,

“The People's Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism”

Gregg Cantrell

Yale University Press,

“The Girls Next Door: Bringing the Home Front to the Front Lines”

Kara Dixon Vuic

Harvard University Press, 2019,

“The Last Populist: Populism, Modernity, and the Consequential Career of Henry Lewis Bentley (1847-1933) ”

Gregg Cantrell

Southwestern Historical Quarterly,

View All Publications