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Historian Sean Wilentz Discusses the Context of Perot.

Professor of History at Princeton, Sean Wilentz. His new article in the August 9th, 1993 issue of The New Republic compares the Ross Perot phenomenon to past populist movements in American History. He argues that Perot represents populism as "a surly mood of defeat and powerlessness;" that he perhaps signals a realignment to come of the two major parties. (Interview by Marty Moss-Coane)

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Other segments from the episode on August 25, 1993

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, August 25, 1993: Interview with Susan Sontag; Interview with Sean Wilentz; Review of Leonard Bernstein's album "The Paris & London Symphonies."

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