Michael Green

Bio:

Michael Green is a professor of history at the College of Southern Nevada. He earned his B.A. and M.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, and his Ph.D. from Columbia University. He is the author, co-author, or editor of eight books, including Las Vegas: A Centennial History, A Liberal Conscience: Ralph Denton, Nevadan, and three books on the Civil War. He writes “Nevada Yesterdays” for Nevada Humanities and KNPR, and columns for Vegas Seven and Nevada’s Washington Watch. He has been a researcher and consultant for the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement (the Mob Museum) and spoken before hundreds of civic and historical groups. He lives in Las Vegas

Presentations:

Inside Las Vegas History

Mr. Lincoln and Nevada

Swingin’ with Frank, Dean, and Sammy:  The Rat Pack


INSIDE LAS VEGAS HISTORY

It’s the 24-hour Sin City and what happens there, stays there. But there’s so much more to Las Vegas and its people than its reductive, if iconic, global image. In this presentation, historian Michael Green provides an insider’s guide to Las Vegas society, economics, politics, and culture, namely all the themes that connect the city’s history from the days of exploration to the present. He examines how Las Vegas has been affected by such forces as the immigration and discrimination. He also explores the city's culture of risk-taking and explains how Las Vegas fits into the broader picture of Nevada's longstanding play-off between political machinery versus individual control. Green also sheds light on how, when it comes to having an outlaw reputation, Las Vegas's history is about a great deal more than just the Mob.

Appropriate Audience:  Can be tailored for all ages.

Duration: 1-2 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

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Categories: Nevada, history


MR. LINCOLN AND NEVADA

Did you attend the university in Reno or Las Vegas?  Are you a fan of their sports teams?  Did you know that Abraham Lincoln played a role in creating them?  If not for Lincoln, Nevada would not have become a state in 1864 but, as this presentation makes clear, his influence goes far beyond statehood.  Historian Michael Green examines Lincoln’s wide-ranging impact on Nevada’s economy, politics, and society.  Among the areas Green covers are "Honest Abe"’s accidental influence on the evolution of American literature and journalism; how he unintentionally helped create a culture of political and economic corruption throughout the West and, in the process, contributed to turning the United States into a global economic power; and also the way in which he promoted diversity and racism throughout the region, even as he sought to end slavery.

Appropriate Audience:  Can be tailored for all ages.

Duration: 1-2 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening digital presentation

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Categories: History, Nevada, Politics


SWINGIN’ WITH FRANK, DEAN, AND SAMMY: THE RAT PACK

To many, the Rat Pack and its members – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jnr. and others - exemplified “Vegas cool,” but, as Michael Green explains, there is much more to their story that that. The Rat Pack encapsulated not only the relationship between Las Vegas and the mob, but also incorporated key elements of the history of American entertainment, politics, immigration, and race relations. Beyond the Rat Pack itself, this presentation – thanks to the rich use of audio visual elements - features an extended cast of characters ranging from John F. Kennedy to Howard Hughes.

Appropriate Audience:  Can be tailored for all ages.

Duration: 1-2 hours. Please discuss the appropriate length for your organization with the Presenter.

Presenter Requirements: 

  • Means for screening audio and video presentation

If equipment indicated above is unavailable, please discuss alternatives with Presenter.

Categories: History, Nevada