"Modeling Consensus: The Kerner Commission Response to Urban Rioting in Newark"
Department:Program in Urban Studies
Audience:Open to the Public, Registration Required
Co-sponsored by Urban Studies Program; the Princeton-Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism and the Humanities; Program in American Studies; Program in Law and Public Affairs; and the Department of History, Princeton University.
Please join Urban Studies for a Colloquium with Professor Mark Krasovic and Commentator: Julian Zelizer, Professor of History and Public Affairs Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University.
This chapter is drawn from Professor Krasovic’s current book manuscript, entitled The Frontier of the Liberal Imagination: The Great Society in Newark. The structures of Great Society liberalism, he argues, brought together government officials, academics, and local Newarkers in new and complicated ways. Professor Krasovic looks at the investigative commission as one of the institutions that, in its ad hoc and decentered structure, was an administrative embodiment of that liberalism. This chapter tells the story of the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (aka, the Kerner Commission), which was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 after rioting in Newark and Detroit. This project was recognized as the honorable mention finalist for the American Studies Association’s Ralph Henry Gabriel Dissertation Prize, and has been supported by the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation and the New Jersey Historical Commission. (pre-cirulcated paper)
This event has been jointly organized by Princeton University and the New Jersey Historical Commission.