Zachary M. Schrag, PhD

The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation

Zachary M. Schrag, Director of the Masters’ Program in History at George Mason University, on his new book, The Fires of Philadelphia: Citizen-Soldiers, Nativists, and the 1844 Riots Over the Soul of a Nation, which looks at the rioting of Protestant ideologues who were seeking to keep Irish Catholics out of the city through violence, even exchanging fire with the militia brought in to restore order.

[Recorded August 12, 2021.]

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      Zachary M. Schrag, PhD, ( is the author of The Fires of Philadelphia and three previous books: The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro; Ethical Imperialism: Institutional Review Boards and the Social Sciences, 1965-2009; The Princeton Guide to Historical Research. He has taught at George Mason University since 2004.

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