Douglas John McAdam, "Putting Trump in Historic Perspective: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America and Today"
From Kelsey McDougall
The turbulent onset of Donald Trump’s administration, to say nothing of the president’s oversize presence, has so focused our attention in the moment, that we’re in danger of losing critically important historical perspective. Trump’s rhetoric and behavior are so extreme that the tendency is to see him and the divisions he embodies as something wholly new in American politics. They are not, nor in broad relief, is the president. Instead, Trump is only the most extreme expression and product of a brand of racial politics practiced ever more zealously by the Republican Party since its origins in the 1960s. Drawing on the argument and evidence presented in Deeply Divided: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Postwar America, Stanford sociologist, Doug McAdam, will use his talk to put the rise of Donald Trump in historical perspective and to briefly highlight the threats to American democracy that preceded his rise and which, indeed, helped him win the White House.