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Roots of the Attack on Democracy
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Roots of the
Attack on Democracy
A selection of scholarship from Project MUSE publishers exploring the political and societal forces that built up to the violence of January 6th.

The violence that took place on January 6th at the United States Capitol shocked the country and observers around the world, but its root causes are deeply embedded in American history and society. While the full scope of that day’s insurrection attempt has yet to be fully realized, there already exists a wealth of scholarship through which we can trace the long history of white nationalism and the gradual mainstreaming of anti-democratic thought that ultimately led to this moment.
“Roots of the Attack on Democracy”, the latest in our MUSE in Focus series, explores the history of American right-wing extremism and the modern forces that culminated these attitudes in our current moment. Understanding the nature of these challenges provides the best chance to overcome them.

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Free Speech, The People's Darling Privilege: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History
Curtis, Michael Kent, Devins, Neal, Graber, Mark A.
Duke University Press, 2000.
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Hate in the Homeland: The New Global Far Right
Cynthia Miller-Idriss
Princeton University Press, 2020.
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Must We Defend Nazis?: Why the First Amendment Should Not Protect Hate Speech and White Supremacy
Richard Delgado, Jean Stefancic
NYU Press, 2018.
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Confessions of a Free Speech Lawyer: Charlottesville and the Politics of Hate
Rodney A. Smolla
Cornell University Press, 2020.
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How to Prevent Coups d'État: Counterbalancing and Regime Survival
Erica De Bruin
Cornell University Press, 2020.
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To Shake Their Guns in the Tyrant's Face: Libertarian Political Violence and the Origins of the Militia Movement
Robert H Churchill
University of Michigan Press, 2010.
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The Rise of the Alt-Right
Thomas J. Main
Brookings Institution Press, 2018.
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What So Proudly We Hailed: Essays on the Contemporary Meaning of the War of 1812
Pietro S. Nivola, Peter J. Kastor
Brookings Institution Press, 2012.
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Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyperconflict in the Trump Era
Darrell M. West
Brookings Institution Press, 2019.
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Race, Place, and Memory: Deep Currents in Wilmington, North Carolina
Margaret M. Mulrooney
University Press of Florida, 2018.
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Extremism in America
George Michael
University Press of Florida, 2013.
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Global white nationalism: From apartheid to Trump
Daniel Geary, Camilla Schofield, Jennifer Sutton
Manchester University Press, 2020.
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World Policy Journal
Volume 34, Number 1, Spring 2017
Duke University Press
Volume 32, Number 3, Summer 2017
Duke University Press
TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies
Number 41, Fall 2020
University of Toronto Press
Canadian Review of American Studies
Special Issue: Ceasefire or New Battle? The Politics of Culture Wars in Obama’s Time A Special Issue of the Canadian Review of American Studies
Guest Editor: Frédérick Gagnon
Volume 42, Number 3, 2012, supplement
University of Toronto Press
Canadian Review of American Studies
Special Issue: Special Issue on Fantasies of Nation: Canada-US Relations in the Era of Trump / Numéro spécial sur la nation fantasmée : les relations entre le Canada et les États-Unis à l’ère de Trump
Guest Editor / Rédactrice invitée : Jennifer Andrews
Volume 48, Supplement 1, 2018, supplement
University of Toronto Press
QED: A Journal in GLBTQ Worldmaking
Volume 4, Number 2, Summer 2017
Michigan State University Press
Soundings: A journal of politics and culture
Special Issue: Beginning to see the light?
Issue 66, Summer 2017, supplement
Lawrence & Wishart
“Trump”—What Does the Name Signify? or, Protofascism and the Alt-Right: Three Contradictions of the Present Conjuncture
Matthew Flisfeder
Cultural Politics Volume 14, Issue 1, March 2018: 1 - 19.
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Trump, the Working Class, and Fascist Rhetoric
William E. Connolly
Theory & Event Volume 20, Number 1, January 2017 Supplement: 23 - 37.
Incels, Compulsory Sexuality, and Fascist Masculinity
Casey Ryan Kelly, Chase Aunspach
Feminist Formations Volume 32, Issue 3, Winter 2020: 145 - 172.
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"Deplorable" Satire: Alt-Right Memes, White Genocide Tweets, and Redpilling Normies
Viveca S. Greene
Studies in American Humor Volume 5, Number 1, 2019: 31 - 69.
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Blue Sky White Stars by Sarvinder Naberhaus (review)
Deborah Stevenson
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Volume 70, Number 10, June 2017: 462 - 463.
Trump and the F-Word
Michael Kazin
Dissent Volume 64, Number 2, Spring 2017: 6 - 8.
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The Trump Era: hope in a time of escalating despair
Cornel West
Transition Issue 122, 2017: 22 - 41.
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The resistance & The Stubborn But Unsurprising Persistence of Hate and Extremism in the United States
Jeannine Bell
Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies Volume 26, Issue 1, 2019: 305 - 315.
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Trump's Unwitting Prophecy
Robert L. Ivie
Rhetoric & Public Affairs Volume 20, Number 4, Winter 2017: 707 - 717.
The Great-Granddaddy of White Nationalism
Diane Roberts
Southern Cultures Volume 25, Number 3, Fall 2019: 133 - 155.
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This is not an essay about Trump
Lawrence Grossberg
Soundings: A journal of politics and culture Issue 73, Winter 2019-20: 38 - 53.
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