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Alumni Evening - The 2016 Election in Historical Perspective: from Lincoln to Trump

In the aftermath of the most bile-full presidential election in at least 150 years, Adam Smith discusses how American politics has arrived at this point. How did the Republican Party, founded as an anti-slavery organisation, become the party of white nationalism? How did the conservative movement —defined by its adherence to small-government and family values — come to support a candidate who embodies opposing values? How did the world’s longest-standing mass democracy produce a presidential candidate who claimed the election was “rigged” and threatened to jail his opponent if elected? How, 50 years after the Civil Rights movement, has the American electorate become so sharply polarised on the basis of race, class and gender?

Published: Oct 27, 2016 11:44:01 AM