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American Discontent: The Rise of Donald Trump and Decline of the Golden Age

John L. Campbell


This book is about how Donald Trump, who had no prior public service, became president of the United States. It argues that Trump capitalized on a wave of increasing public discontent that stemmed from the demise of the country’s Golden Age of prosperity. This involved decades-long trends in the American economy, race relations, ideology, and political polarization, all of which fueled rising discontent across America. It reached a tipping point by the time Barack Obama was elected president. When the 2008 financial crisis hit and Obama was elected the first African American president, he trie ... More

Keywords: Donald Trump, presidential election, economic decline, racism, ideology, political polarization, political gridlock, Barack Obama, 2008 financial crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John L. Campbell, author
Class of 1925 Professorship in the Department of Sociology, Dartmouth College