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Donald Trump and the Know-Nothing Movement

Understanding the 2016 US Election


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 1-9
  3. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 11-25
  4. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 27-43
  5. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 45-74
  6. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 75-93
  7. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 95-109
  8. Jeffrey J. Volle
    Pages 111-117
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 119-123

About this book


Historically, segments of white Americans have let racist paranoia supersede judicious reasoning throughout our history. The 2016 Presidential election in the United States brought the Know-Nothing’s back from the hidden depths of our history books. This book provides a historical account of the Know-Nothing Party in the 1850s through their reemergence in the 21st century with the election of Donald Trump. Analyzing the anti-immigration and anti-Catholic rhetoric of the Know-Nothing movement and tracing that same rhetoric in George Wallace's American Independent Party in the '60s, up into its appearance in the Trump movement, this book provides a guide for understanding the 2016 Republican Party agenda through its inheritance from the Know-Nothing Movement.


George Wallace Know-Nothing Party American Presidential Politics Republican Party agenda American Independent Party in 1968 immigration policy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Olmsted Falls, OHUSA

About the authors

Jeffrey J. Volle is an independent scholar who has three previous books published with Palgrave Macmillan: The Political Legacies of Barry Goldwater and George McGovern: Shifting Party Paradigms, Clinton/Gore: Victory from a Shadow Box and Twenty-Five Years of GOP Presidential Nominations: Threading the Needle. 

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