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American Blindspot : Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency

Posted By: readerXXI
American Blindspot : Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency

American Blindspot : Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency
by Gerardo Marti
English | 2020 | ISBN: 1538116081 | 333 Pages | PDF | 1.48 MB

American Blindspot: Race, Class, Religion, and the Trump Presidency is a careful exploration of the forces that led to the election of the 45th president of the United States.Author Gerardo Marti synthesizes the latest scholarship and historical research to examine the roles that race, class, and religion have played in politics—both historically and today. This book goes beyond the initial claims that the American working class was the force behind Donald Trump's election or policies and instead offers a nuanced perspective on how race, religion, and class have shaped our national views, Trump's election, and his policies.

"This book is not about President Trump’s personality or his tweets. Rather, it traces the role of race, economic power, and Christianity over centuries in the US to reveal the historical trends that led to Trump’s victory. Marti (Davidson College) emphasizes scholarly sources with a fresh take to explore history that is “not hidden but neglected” (p. 21). Chapters on race cover not only African Americans but also Native Americans, Mexicans, and both Asian and European immigrants. Another important line of analysis concerns the blending of free market capitalism with evangelical Christianity—business-friendly evangelism and Christian libertarianism. That analysis nicely sets up a discussion of elites' wealth and the intellectual development of neoliberalism. . . Ultimately, Marti finds that, despite Trump’s positioning himself as an outsider to politics, his policies are consistent with longstanding racial, economic, and religious structures. . . Marti paints a vivid (if sometimes depressing) picture that will likely fill in the blind spots of most readers' understanding of the US. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty." - CHOICE

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