Tarleton professors present ‘Demagogues in History and Today’ Oct. 17


STEPHENVILLE (October 6, 2016) – Join three Tarleton State University history professors Monday, Oct. 17, for a look at Demagogues in History and Today.

The free 50-minute event begins at 4:30 p.m. in the university’s Fine Arts Theater on the Stephenville campus.

Dr. Michael Landis will explore the controversial career of President Andrew Jackson; Dr. Mattie Fitch will examine the rise of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler, and Dr. Chris Hickman will consider the life and legacy of Alabama Governor and Presidential aspirant George Wallace.

“Demagoguery and demagogues sadly have been a constant in human history,” Landis said. “Jackson, Hitler and Wallace all employed demagogic tactics—such as propaganda, lies, and hate-mongering—to inflame the passions of the people and propel themselves to power.
“Moreover, as is the case with most demagogues, all three men portrayed themselves as virtuous ‘outsiders’ aiming to reform a corrupt government system,” he pointed out. “By examining the careers of Jackson, Hitler and Wallace, we can better understand current manifestations of demagoguery.”

A question-and-answer session follows the event. Audience participation is encouraged.

For more information on Tarleton’s Department of Social Sciences, visit http://www.tarleton.edu/socialsciences.

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