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A Short History Of Government Shutdowns08:19

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History professor Julian Zelizer joins Here & Now to look at the history of government shutdowns, which have occurred since the 1880s.

Since the 1980s, there have been nine shutdowns. Zelizer says the strategy of shutting down the government over a political battle has roots in the 1960s.


This segment aired on October 1, 2013.

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