DEAN GRODZINS is a Visiting Scholar at the Massachusetts Historical Society, where he is writing a book on the fugitive slave crisis in Boston (1850-64), considering it as a seminal controversy over human rights, and a Research Associate at the Harvard Business School, where he is working with Prof. David Moss on a project to rethink the history and assess the current health of democracy in America. He has a Ph.D. from Harvard University and has published widely on 19th-century American intellectual history. He has been a lecturer on history and literature at Harvard College and Associate Professor of History at Meadville Lombard Theological School. He frequently delivers public lectures and presentations on American history and was interviewed for the forthcoming documentary The Gettysburg Address
(Rising Picture Company). He has extensive experience as an academic editor. He also drew a comic strip for twenty years. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughter.
On Thanksgiving Day, Remember Fast Day, by Dean Grodzins for Sightings
An op-ed on the forgotten American tradition of a national day of repentance.
The Abolitionist Behind the Gettysburg Address, by Dean Grodzins for The Root
An op-ed to mark the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's speech, showing where he got the idea that democracy was "government of the people, by the people, for the people."