Joining us today is Dr. Bruce Schulman. Dr. Schulman is the William E. Huntington Professor of History at Boston University, and has authored three books: From Cotton Belt to Sunbelt (N.Y.: Oxford University Press, 1991); Lyndon B. Johnson and American Liberalism (Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 1994); and The Seventies: The Great Shift in American Culture, Politics, and Society (N.Y.: Free Press, 2001). Dr. Schulman also directs the Institute for American Political History at Boston University and is a contributor to the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times.
Dr. Schulman's essay, "Islands in Time, Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Decade" appears in the latest issue of the journal Reviews in American History. The essay is a comprehensive look at the Decade Book as a literary genre, and traces its history and cultural influence over the last century. Dr. Schulman talks with us about his piece and his own experience writing a decade book on the 1970's.