Category Archives: History

Graham Dodds and Executive Orders

During the early days of his presidency, Donald Trump has frequently taken to the Executive Order, why is unilateral presidential directives so contested? What is the history of the Executive Order, what are the risks of presidential directives, and how … Continue reading

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Benjamin Waterhouse and Business Interests

The 2016 presidential election became a fight over business interests, lobbying, deindustrialization, and decades old free trade agreements. How does Donald Trump, the Fifth Avenue populist, fit into a longer history of business interests in the United States, and how … Continue reading

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Margaret O’Mara and Pivotal Tuesdays

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 … Continue reading

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Patrick Andelic and the Democratic Party

Following Hillary Clinton’s defeat, it is a time for soul-searching for the Democratic Party. The modern Democratic Party has always negotiated the relationship between liberalism, progressivism, and identity politics. How have these strands come together since the end of the … Continue reading

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Andra Gillespie and the New Black Politician

A new generation of Black politicians have come of age in the 21st century. With Barack Obama leaving the White House, Senators such as Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Tim Scott (R-SC) are among the most prominent representatives of the New … Continue reading

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Brian Rosenwald and Conservative Media

With Stephen Bannon of Breitbart joining the Trump campaign, the links between conservative media and politics is strikingly evident. Where did the conservative media establishment emerge from? How important has the conservative media been for conservative politics and the Republican … Continue reading

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Stephen G. Hall and the Trump Syllabus

Is Donald Trump a new phenomenon in American political history? From where did his support emerge? Where can we find the antecedents for his brand of populism and racialized politics? In episode 17, Professor Stephen G. Hall (Alcorn State University) discusses … Continue reading

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