Category Archives: Intellectual History

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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Michael Kazin and the Democratic Party

How did the collapse of the New Deal coalition make way for the modern Democratic Party? What role has socialists played in America and in the development of the Democratic agenda? How does the 1960s continue to define the Democratic … Continue reading

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Heather Cox Richardson and the Republican Party

How did the “Party of Lincoln” morph into the party of Nixon’s Southern Strategy? How did the New Deal affect the Republican Party? Is Jeb Bush too moderate for the GOP? And how can we understand Donald Trump’s lead among … Continue reading

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Molly Worthen and Evangelicalism

How did evangelicals emerge as such a powerful faction within the Republican Party? How important is the Christian Right today? And what about the Christian Left? For the tenth episode of Campaign Context, Professor Molly Worthen (University of North Carolina) … Continue reading

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Andrew Hartman and the Culture Wars

How did a black man without electoral experience become a leading Republican candidate? How did a woman become the frontrunner in a presidential election? How did the Republican Party¬†emerge as anti-intellectual? How did the U.S. become so polarized over social … Continue reading

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