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Richard Polenberg (born July 21, 1937) is an American historian.
Polenberg taught history at Cornell University from 1966 to 2011, that is to say for 45 years. He has published several works during this period, the majority concerning the 20th century U.S. For Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech, published in 1989, he received two awards (the Silver Gavel Award from the American Bar Association and the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Foundation).
- One Nation Divisible: Class, Race, and Ethnicity in the United States since 1938 (1980)
- Fighting Faiths: The Abrams Case, the Supreme Court, and Free Speech (1989)
- The World of Benjamin Cardozo: Personal Values and the Judicial Process (1997)
- Hear My Sad Story: The True Tales That Inspired “Stagolee,” “John Henry,” and Other Traditional American Folk Songs (2015)
"War and Society: THe United States, 1941-1945" (1972) "Reorganizing Roosevelt's Government, 1936-1939" (1966) "Hear My Sad Story:" (2015)