– John Campbell: American Discontent –
John Campbell, of Lyme, teaches Sociology at Dartmouth College.
In American Discontent, John L. Campbell contextualizes
Donald Trump’s success by focusing on the long-developing
economic, racial, ideological, and political shifts that enabled
Trump to win the White House. Campbell argues that Trump’s
rise to power was the culmination of a half-century of deep,
slow-moving change in America, beginning with the decline of
the Golden Age of prosperity that followed the Second World
War. The worsening economic anxieties of many Americans
reached a tipping point when the 2008 financial crisis and Barack
Obama’s election, as the first African American president,
finally precipitated the worst political gridlock in generations.
Americans were fed up and Trump rode a wave of discontent all
the way to the White House.
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