Modern Liberal Thinkers and Leaders in the United States

Politicians
William Jennings Bryan (1860–1925), Democratic presidential nominee in 1896, 1900 and 1908
President Theodore Roosevelt (1858–1919)
President Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924)
Senator Robert LaFollette, Wisconsin (1855–1925), Progressive Party presidential nominee in 1924
President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945)
Mayor Fiorello La Guardia, New York City (1882–1947)
President Harry S. Truman (1884–1972)
Vice President Henry A. Wallace (1888–1965), Progressive Party presidential nominee in 1948
Harry Hopkins (1890–1946), FDR adviser
Adlai E. Stevenson (1900–1965), Democratic presidential nominee in 1952 and 1956
Mayor Richard J. Daley, Chicago (1902–1976)
Senator Jacob K. Javits, New York (1904–1986)
President Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908–1973)
Representative Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., New York (1908–1972)
Vice President Nelson Rockefeller (1908–1979)
Vice President Hubert Humphrey (1911–1978), Democratic presidential nominee in 1968
Speaker Thomas “Tip” O’Neill, Massachusetts (1912–1994)
President John F. Kennedy (1917–1963)
Representative Bella Abzug, New York (1920–1998)
Senator Robert Kennedy, New York (1925–1968)
Mayor John Lindsay, New York City (1921–2000)
Senator George McGovern, South Dakota (b. 1922), Democratic presidential nominee in 1972
Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, New York (1927–2003)
Vice President Walter Mondale (b. 1928), Democratic presidential nominee in 1984
Representative John Conyers, Michigan (b. 1929)
Senator Ted Kennedy, Massachusetts (1932–2009)
Governor Mario Cuomo, New York (b. 1932)
Representative Barbara Jordan, Texas (1936–1996)
Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California (b. 1940)
Representative Barney Frank, Massachusetts (b. 1940)
Vice President Joe Biden (b. 1942)
Senator Paul Wellstone, Minnesota (1944–2002)
Representative Dennis Kucinich, Ohio (b. 1946)
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton (b. 1947)
Governor Howard Dean, Vermont (b. 1948)
Vice President Al Gore (b. 1948)
Senator Lincoln Chafee, Rhode Island (b. 1953)
Senator Russ Feingold, Wisconsin (b. 1953)
President Barack Obama (b. 1961)

Intellectuals
Lester Frank Ward (1841–1913), Sociology
Thorstein Veblen (1857–1929), Economics
John Dewey (1859–1952), Philosophy
Herbert Croly (1869–1930), Political theory
Charles A. Beard (1874–1948), History
Alvin Hansen (1887–1975), Economics
Reinhold Niebuhr, (1892–1971), Theology
Lionel Trilling (1905–1975), Literary criticism
John Kenneth Galbraith (1908–2006), Economics
C. Vann Woodward (1908–1999), History
Richard Hofstadter (1916–1970), History
Arthur Schlesinger Jr. (1917–2007), History
John Rawls (1921–2002), Philosophy
William Appleman Williams (1921–1990), History
Howard Zinn (1922-2010), History
Noam Chomsky (b.1928), Linguistics, Philosophy, Political science
Richard Rorty (1931–2007), Philosophy
Garry Wills (b. 1934), History
Robert Reich (b. 1946), Economics commentator
Amy Gutmann (b. 1949), Political science
Henry Louis Gates (b. 1950), Black studies
Cornel West (b. 1953), Philosophy, Religion
Paul Krugman (b. 1953), Economics commentator
Melissa Harris-Lacewell, African American studies, Political science

Jurists and the Law
Justice Louis Brandeis (1856–1941)
Justice Felix Frankfurter (1882–1965)
Chief Justice Earl Warren (1891–1974)
Justice William O. Douglas (1898–1980)
Justice William J. Brennan, Jr. (1906–1997)
Justice Thurgood Marshall (1908–1993)
Judge A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr. (1928–1998)
Ronald Dworkin (b. 1931), Jurisprudence
John Hart Ely (1938–2003), Jurisprudence
Lawrence Tribe (b. 1941), Jurisprudence
Harold Koh (b. 1954), Jurisprudence
Pamela Karlan (b.1959), Jurisprudence
Jeffrey Toobin (b. 1960), Lawyer, legal analyst, author

Writers, Activists and Commentators
Samuel Gompers (1850–1924), Labor leader
W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963), Civil Rights leader
John L. Lewis (1880–1969), Labor leader
Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962), writer; Democratic leader
Rachel Carson (1907–1964), Environmentalist
Walter Reuther (1907–1970), Labor leader
Betty Friedan (1921–2006), Feminist
Gore Vidal (b. 1925), Author, activist
Coretta Scott King (1927–2006), Civil Rights leader
Cesar Chávez (1927–1993), Labor leader
Harvey Milk (1930–1978), Gay rights
George Soros (b. 1930), Philanthropist
Susan Sontag (1933–2004), Writer
Ralph Nader (b. 1934), Consumer advocate
Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), Feminist
Jim Hightower (b. 1943), Columnist, author, activist
Faye Wattleton (b. 1943), Feminist
Patricia Ireland (b. 1945), Feminist
Michael Moore (b. 1948), Filmmaker
Arianna Huffington (b. 1950), Political commentator
Ed Schultz (b. 1954) TV, radio host, political commentator
Bill Maher (b. 1956), Comedian, political commentator
Amy Goodman (b. 1957), Journalist, columnist, author
Keith Olbermann (b. 1959), Journalist/political commentator
Katrina vanden Heuvel (b. 1959), Journalist/political commentator
Tavis Smiley (b. 1964), Political commentator
Cenk Uygur (b. 1970), Radio host, political commentator
Rachel Maddow (b. 1973), Political commentator

Religious Leaders
Anna Pauline Murray (1910–1985), Reverend, lawyer, civil rights activist
Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929–1968), Pastor and civil rights activist
Arthur Waskow (b. 1933), Rabbi, political activist, author
Jesse Jackson (b. 1941), Pastor and civil rights activist
David Saperstein (b. 1947) Rabbi, political activist
Jim Wallis (b. 1948), Evangelical pastor and found and editor of Sojourners
Al Sharpton (b. 1954), Pastor and civil rights activist
Welton Gaddy, Pastor, religious commentator, radio host
Michael Lerner, Rabbi, political activist
Lennox Yearwood, Pastor, activist

Blogs
AlterNet
Daily Kos
FireDogLake
The Huffington Post
Talking Points Memo

Magazines and Publications
The American Prospect
Mother Jones
The Nation
The New Republic
Sojourners

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