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Centre for Geopolitics

Providing historically-grounded solutions to enduring geopolitical problems

Is America ‘great’ because it removed the knee from the slave’s neck or ‘wicked’ because it knelt over the slave for centuries? 

Trump and the Protestant Reaction to Make America Great Again explores how polarised interpretations of America’s past influence the present. Competing Protestant reactions to President Trump’s ‘Make America Great Again’ slogan evidence a fundamental divide over how Americans remember or forget historical racism, sexism and exploitation. Additionally, these Protestants disagree over how the past influences present injustice and inequality. The 2020 killing of George Floyd forced these rival histories into the open. Although appeals to history often fuel polarisation, this book argues that applying historical analysis to present divisions can help create a shared historical memory that bridges the partisan divide.


Speaker: Matthew Rowley, Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester

Respondent: Angela Denker, Lutheran pastor and author of Red State Christians: Meet the Voters who Elected Donald Trump

Chair: Judd Birdsall, Centre for Geopolitics, University of Cambridge 


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Wednesday, 21 October, 2020 - 18:00 to 19:00
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