When History in the US Finally Becomes Something to Think About

June 26, 2020

With their focus on the present and occasionally on the future (for the visionaries and innovators), Americans have never been enamored of history as a subject of study. They have preferred simply to ingest the simplistic myths transcribed in textbooks produced in Texas that offer them that...

The Roots of Nativism: Banking on the “Deplorables”

April 17, 2018

Although originally an American phenomenon, nativism has become central to the understanding of the contemporary radical right.  They arrived by the thousands in the mid-1750s, immigrants from Württemberg, the Palatinate and Switzerland. Often they were so poor that they had been obliged to...

Donald Trump Has Resurrected a Confederate Worldview

September 06, 2016

Donald Trump has led white working-class America into a state of war. Donald Trump claims that he has resurrected the voice of the industrial-age white working class who still cling to the conservative social beliefs of the 1950s. He has stirred up their passions, given them false hope and is...

Echoes of War

November 01, 2014

War will always be with us in some form. This August, we marked the centenary of the beginning of World War I – the Great War. It was supposed to be the "war to end all wars." The conflict introduced battle tactics that seemed novel at the time, and also forever changed warfare from what...