In June 2016, the Chronicle of Higher Education published a mock syllabus with readings intended to provide background on Trump’s rise to power. However, it failed to include the work of scholars of color and did not sufficiently take on the issues of race, gender, and xenophobia which we now know drove his successful campaign. [See “Explaining White Polarization in the 2016 Vote for President: The Sobering Role of Racism and Sexism” by Brian F. Schaffner, et. al. University of Massachusetts Amherst]
Historians to the rescue! N.D.B. Connolly and Keisha N. Blain put together a comprehensive Trump Syllabus 2.0, complete with secondary readings, primary and multimedia sources. There is even a companion list of assignments published by the African American Intellectual History Association. Check out all the excellent book recommendations (linked here with permission of the publisher):
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N. D. B. Connolly

Herbert Baxter Adams Associate Professor of History, Johns Hopkins University.

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Keisha N. Blain
Assistant Professor of History at the University of Iowa and Visiting Research Scholar, Department of Africana Studies, University of Pennsylvania.