The 2016 election has often been described as historical, without defining what that means. Which modern presidential elections shaped the United States, and how does the 2016 election compare to them? And how can we understand the history of the 2016 presidential election?
For episode 23, Professor Margaret O’Mara (University of Washington) talks about presidential elections as history. O’Mara’s expertise is in the intersection of political history, economic history, and the history of technology. She is the author of Pivotal Tuesdays: Four Elections that Shaped the Twentieth Century and Cities of Knowledge: Cold War Science and the Search for the Next Silicon Valley. Her work has also appeared in edited collections, including The New Suburban History and Now Urbanism: The Future City is Here.