ACORN And Progressive Politics in America
E.P. Clapp Distinguished Professor of Politics
This paper takes a broad look at ACORN in terms of its role in America’s progressive movement in the post-WW2 era and in the contemporary political landscape. It will focus on its achievements, strengths and weaknesses, on how it is similar to and different from other organizations that organize low-income people, and on some of ACORN’s lessons for building a progressive movement.