Donald Trump as History

Eugene Lang College Lib Arts: History

Liberal Arts
Undergraduate Course
Degree Students
Donald Trump as History
Spring 2024
Taught By: Oz Frankel
Section: A

CRN: 14579

Credits: 4

Donald Trump’s political journey to the top of the Republican presidential ticket is often described as “without precedent.” And, yet, Trump’s campaign reworked familiar themes in US history: nativism, populism, the politics of nostalgia, politics as spectacle, and the recurrent efforts to rejuvenate or remasculinize America. The seminar revisits these themes in some detail as it critically examines the different perspectives available for understanding the Trump phenomenon through a historical lens. Reading material includes PT Barnum on humbug, De Tocqueville on democracy and demagoguery, Richard Hofstadter on American paranoia, Michael Rogin on Ronald Reagan the Movie, Mae Ngai on Illegal Immigrants, and Philip Roth on the “Plot Against America."

College: Eugene Lang College Lib Arts (LC)

Department: History (HIS)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Modality: In-Person

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: February 4, 2024 (Sunday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: April 16, 2024 (Tuesday)

Seats Available: No

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every few minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 10:18pm EDT 4/14/2024

Meeting Info:
Days: Tuesday, Thursday
Times: 12:00pm - 1:40pm
Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th
Room: 501
Date Range: 1/23/2024 - 5/9/2024