Keith Cassidy

Professor Emeritus
Campus: Guelph


  • B.A.: Loyola College, Montreal, 1964
  • M.A.: University of Toronto, 1966
  • Ph.D.: University of Toronto, 1974

Professional Experience

  • St. Francis Xavier University 1969-70
  • University of Toronto 1970-71
  • McMaster University 1971-72
  • University of Prince Edward Island 1972-74
  • University of Guelph 1974 – 2009

Research Interests

  • American concepts of leadership and authority
  • The abortion controversy in America since 1960
  • Areas of Research for Graduate Supervision
  • The Progressive Era
  • Religion and Society in Twentieth Century America
  • American Society since World War II

Selected Publications

  • 2000 “Interpreting the Pro-Life Movement: Recurrent Themes and Recent Trends”, in Life and Learning IX, Joseph Koterski, ed.
  • 1999 “The Abortion Wars: The Scholarly Front”, in Histoire sociale/Social History, XXXII (64) Nov. 1999, pp. 295-310.
  • 1998 “The Road to Roe: Cultural Change and the Growth of Acceptance of Abortion Prior to 1973”, in Life and Learning VII, Joseph Koterski, ed.
  • 1997 “Hyde Amendment”, “National Right to Life Committee”, “Jack Willke”, “Operation Rescue” and “Pro-Life (anti-abortion) Movement” in the Encyclopedia of Modern Social Issues
  • 1996 “The Right to Life Movement: Sources, Development, and Strategies”, in The Politics of Abortion and Birth Control in Historical Perspective (reprinted from the Journal of Policy History, 1995)
  • 1994 “Abortion and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy” David Mall, (ed.) When Life and Choice Collide: Essays on Rhetoric and Abortion, Libertyville, Illinois, pp.9-31
  • 1990 “Euthanasia”, “Gallicanism”, “Right to Life Movement” and “Ultramontanism” in the Dictionary of Christianity in America, Daniel G. Reid, ed., Intervarsity Press
  • 1989 “Abortion as a Problem in Contemporary History,” Journal of Policy History, 1 (4) pp.440-460
  • 1986 “Canadian Sources for the Study of American Reform”, in Guide the Study of United States History Outside the United States, ed. L. Hanke (New York: Kraus Publishing)
  • 1983 “The American Left and the Problem of Leadership, 1900-1920”, South Atlantic Quarterly, 82 (Fall)
  • 1982 “Leadership and the Progressive Imagination”, in the Journal of American Culture, 5 (Fall)
  • 1977 “Mackenzie King and American Progressivism” in Mackenzie King: Widening the Debate, eds. J. English and J. Stubbs, (Toronto: Macmillan) 105-129