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The Politics of Losing: Trump, the Klan, and the Mainstreaming of Resentment

Rory McVeigh and Kevin Estep
Format
Book
Published
New York : Columbia University Press, [2019]
Language
English
Variant Title
Trump, the Klan, and the mainstreaming of resentment
ISBN
9780231190060, 0231190069, 9780231548700
Summary
The Ku Klux Klan has peaked three times in American history: after the Civil War, around the 1960s Civil Rights Movement, and in the 1920s, when the Klan spread farthest and fastest. Recruiting millions of members even in non-Southern states, the Klan's nationalist insurgency burst into mainstream politics. Almost one hundred years later, once again the pent-up anger of white Americans left behind by a changing economy has directed itself at immigrants and cultural outsiders and roiled a presidential election. In The Politics of Losing, Rory McVeigh and Kevin Estep trace the parallels between the 1920s Klan and today's right-wing backlash, identifying the conditions that allow white nationalism to emerge from the shadows. White middle-class Protestant Americans in the 1920s found themselves stranded by an economy that was increasingly industrialized and fueled by immigrant labor. Mirroring the Klan's earlier tactics, Donald Trump delivered a message that mingled economic populism with deep cultural resentments. McVeigh and Estep present a sociological analysis of the Klan's outbreaks that goes beyond Trump the individual to show how his rise to power was made possible by a convergence of circumstances. The experience of declining privilege and perceptions of lost power can trigger a political backlash that overtly asserts white-nationalist goals. The Politics of Losing offers a rigorous and readable explanation for a recurrent phenomenon in American history, with important lessons about the origins of our alarming political climate.0Exhibition
Contents
  • The Ku Klux Klan in American history
  • Power and political alignments
  • Economics and white nationalism
  • Where Trump found his base
  • Politics and white nationalism
  • Status and white nationalism
  • White nationalism versus the press
  • The future of white nationalism and American politics
  • Conclusion: making America white again.
Description
[9], 310 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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