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Timothy Patrick McCarthy

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Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Timothy Patrick McCarthy

Timothy Patrick McCarthy teaches history, literature, and public policy at Harvard University, where he also directs the Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program at the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy. An award-winning scholar, teacher and activist, he has published four books—The Radical Reader: A Documentary History of the American Radical Tradition (New Press, 2003); Prophets of Protest: Reconsidering the History of American Abolitionism (New Press, 2006); Protest Nation: Words That Inspired a Century of American Radicalism (New Press, 2010); and The Indispensable Zinn: The Essential Writings of the People’s Historian (New Press, 2012). He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


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