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Revolt of the Suburbs in the 1968 & 2018 Elections

Oct 2, 2018 04:30PM
McCormick 101

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Open to the Public
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Kevin Kruse, Princeton University; Lily Geismer, Claremont McKenna College; Matthew Lassiter, University of Michigan
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Princeton Mellon Initiative in Architecture, Urbanism & the Humanities. Co-sponsored by the Woodrow Wilson School's Center for the Study of Democratic Politics (CSDP).

Political pundits identify a "suburban revolt" as the key to victory in the 2018 midterms. In a reversal of Richard Nixon's 1968 efforts to court "Forgotten Americans" wary of the excesses of 1960s liberalism, Democratic politicians and strategists hope to turn suburban voters against President Trump and right-wing extremism fifty years later. Join three award-winning historians for a discussion of the roots of this political strategy, the changing nature of suburbs, and the significance of the election for the future of American politics.