Have you seen Trump’s new campaign ad? [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOOlOMLaFho&w=560&h=315] As Bruce Springsteen once said, “Fear’s a dangerous thing. It can turn your heart black, you can trust. It’ll take your God-filled soul and fill it with devils and dust.” Fear […]
Our progress in degeneracy appears to me to be pretty rapid. As a nation, we begin by declaring that ‘all men are created equal.’ We now practically read it ‘all men are created equal, except negroes.’ When the Know-Nothings get […]
We discussed this in my Pennsylvania History class today. This kind of nativism was very strong in Philadelphia in the 1840s and 1850s. We did our best to stay in the 19th century.
Several historians have compared the Trump candidacy to the American Party (commonly referred to as the Know-Nothing Party) of the 1850s. Anyone who reads this blog or has read my Why Study History: Reflecting on the Importance of the Past knows […]
Michael Holt of the University of Virginia, the author of several books on antebellum American politics, including The Rise and Fall of the American Whig Party, is the latest historian to play the historical analogy game. Over at Larry Sabato‘s blog at […]