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United States -- Politics and government -- 2017-, Donald Trump (1946- ) -- Influence, United States -- History


I was asked to discuss my thinking about the Trump candidacy and presidency, which is no small task. I told Jaime I would discuss this issue through the lens of racism and sexism. As a scholar and teacher of the Black Experience in the United States, Latin America and Europe I almost always begin my thinking through my personal, educational and research experiences. So, that is what I am going to do here. I would like to start out stating that Trump’s election is no aberration within American politics. His election fits very well within both the colonial history of North America and the history of the United States. I also will not be talking much about Donald Trump in this talk. I am more interested in the sociohistorical context of his presidency and candidacy than him although I talk about him briefly throughout.


Presented at the Portuguese Association of Anglo-American Studies Conference, Braga, Portugal, April 28, 2017.

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